butte

noun
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

Definition of butte

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an isolated hill or mountain with steep or precipitous sides usually having a smaller summit area than a mesa

Butte

geographical name
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce Butte (audio) \

Definition of Butte (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwestern Montana on a plateau in the Rockies population 32,996

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Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover makes new discoveries on Mars," 6 Aug. 2019 And Umatilla Rock, a dramatic butte, wouldn’t be out of place in Monument Valley, Utah. John Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "The Ice Age gives birth to a wine and adventure age in Washington state," 20 July 2019 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park The iconic landscape of Monument Valley symbolizes the American West worldwide with its towering buttes and sweeping skies. Steve Larese, National Geographic, "Eight epic stops in the Four Corners region," 27 June 2019 This 550-mile meandering drive winds from the grasslands and canyons of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the state’s southern twin and the buttes and spires of Badlands National Park. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 A century after Teddy's death, Medora stands on the edge of what is now Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a sprawling space of winding buttes and open grasslands perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 According to Kiowa Native American folklore, this giant rock rose from the ground when seven girls leaped onto a butte to escape attacking bears. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great ancient ruins that track the heavens, from Woodhenge to Chichen Itza," 25 June 2019 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars," 24 June 2019 The canyon walls rising on either side pale in comparison to the network of towers and buttes that reveal themselves downriver, where the river cuts further into the landscape. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of butte

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte

Noun

French, knoll, from Middle French bute

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butte

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butte

: a type of hill with a flat top and steep sides that is found in the southwestern U.S.

butte

noun
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

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