steppe

noun \ ˈstep \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of steppe

1 : one of the vast usually level and treeless tracts in southeastern Europe or Asia
2 : arid land with xerophilous vegetation found usually in regions of extreme temperature range and loess soil

Examples of steppe in a Sentence

  1. nomads have long grazed yaks on the steppes of Mongolia

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Origin and Etymology of steppe

Russian step'


STEPPE Defined for English Language Learners

steppe

noun

Definition of steppe for English Language Learners

  • : a large, flat area of land with grass and very few trees especially in eastern Europe and Asia


STEPPE Defined for Kids

steppe

noun \ ˈstep \

Definition of steppe for Students

: land that is dry, rather level, mostly treeless, and covered with grass in regions (as parts of Asia and southeastern Europe) with usually hot summers and cold winters


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