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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 on the Web Diggers believe the mammoth bones found in the graveyard are those of steppe mammoths. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 Dec. 2021 Thubron travels by horse, boat, and bus, across steppe, wetland, and forest, and encounters Mongols, Russians, Cossacks, and Chinese. The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The earliest mammoths to venture into North America were known as Krestovka or steppe mammoths. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Before the attack, Martin, with her long blond hair and French accent, seems to relish her incongruity on the steppe. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 At the valley’s southernmost tip, which is surrounded by a shrub-steppe semidesert and is one of Canada’s hottest spots, conditions are ideal for reds such as syrahs and merlots. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 The crew’s trip home took about three hours before landing at 10:35 a.m. local time in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan’s Karaganda Region., 18 Oct. 2021 Perhaps the greatest threat to the golden eagle and other animals that inhabit the sagebrush-steppe system is raging wildfires that have taken out the sagebrush and left invasive cheat grass in its place. Amy Joi O'donoghue, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2021 The point of the mammoth resurrection is not to bring back an animal from the history books, but rather to provide the Asian elephants with more tools to survive in the area of the Arctic known as the mammoth steppe. al, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of steppe

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steppe

Russian step'

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28 Dec 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of steppe

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


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Kids Definition of steppe

: 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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