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
nomads have long grazed yaks on the steppes of Mongolia
Recent Examples of steppe from the Web
After a successful launch of Russia's Progress cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station, falling fragments caused a fire on Kazakhstan's steppes, killing one and injuring another who tried to extinguish the fire.
Flames were devouring pinon-juniper forests and sagebrush steppe that is home to the imperiled sage grouse.
The grayscale canyon suddenly transformed into a rainbow of color: deep blue hues on the John Day River, dark reds of the canyon walls, a golden brown blanket of high desert steppe, and the otherworldly green of fresh spring sagebrush.
Russian Oleg Novitskiy and Frenchman Thomas Pesquet will aim for the steppes of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz spacecraft, ending a 5 1/2 -month mission.
The ecosystem makes a full sweep from alpine wetlands through grasslands and steppes to alpine meadows and snowy mountains and glaciers.
Now, two biologists, Sergey Zimof and Alexander Sergeev, want to create the Pleistocene Park to repopulate the mammoth steppe with animals that were originally there, except for the woolly mammoth, which is extinct.
The case that started earlier this month in high desert sagebrush steppe took another twist over the weekend when a forensic anthropologist determined the bones involved two children, not one as detectives initially thought.
This is the nation’s industrial heartland—a windblown steppe of coal mines and smokestacks that tower over vast fields of sunflowers.
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Origin and Etymology of steppe
First Known Use: 1671See Words from the same year
STEPPE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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