butte

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noun \ ˈbyüt \

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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Origin and Etymology of butte

French, knoll, from Middle French bute


Butte

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geographical name \ ˈbyüt \

Definition of Butte

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

BUTTE Defined for English Language Learners

butte

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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

butte

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noun \ ˈbyüt \

Definition of butte for Students

:an isolated hill with steep sides


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