Definition of butte
: an isolated hill or mountain with steep or precipitous sides usually having a smaller summit area than a mesa
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The topography is riven with canyons, ravines and gullies, interrupted by striated buttes, hunkered beneath the cloudless sky like silent messengers from the past.
FILE--In this Dec. 28, 2016 file photo,the two buttes that make up the namesake for Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.
In December, President Obama designated the region, named for two prominent buttes that resemble bears' ears, as a national monument.
On Tuesday afternoon, Zinke, Adams and other government officials took a horseback ride out to twin buttes that give the monument its name.
The monument is named for the twin buttes that jut above a horizon of red-rock formations, with both high mountain peaks and sandstone canyons.
The Unnameable?) will leave disappointed, Gino Dilorio’s lightweight tale is an affectionate tribute to a stage goliath and a grappler built like a butte.
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Origin and Etymology of butte
French, knoll, from Middle French bute
First Known Use: 1805See Words from the same year
Definition of Butte
city in southwestern Montana on a plateau in the Rockies population 32,996
BUTTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of butte for English Language Learners
: a type of hill with a flat top and steep sides that is found in the southwestern U.S.
BUTTE Defined for Kids
Definition of butte for Students
: an isolated hill with steep sides
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