: one of the vast usually level and treeless tracts in southeastern Europe or Asia
: 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 The northern part of the Pontic steppe extends its grasslands into southern Ukraine, where the lower Dnipro River is located. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 The tusk is believed to belong to a steppe mammoth from before the last ice age. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 15 July 2023 His office is in the boomtown of Kolwezi, where concrete walls topped with razor wire bisect the huge tawny steppes of mining waste towering over the city. Arlette Bashizi, Washington Post, 5 July 2023 Now, the steppe has transformed from being a space where tanks roamed to one where near-extinct species—like the kulan—can now be seen galloping across the grasses. Johanna Chisholm, WIRED, 23 July 2023 These enclaves, once the backbone of Ukraine’s agricultural eastern steppe, were reduced to ruin as the war passed over them like a flood tide. Natalia Yermak Mauricio Lima, New York Times, 14 July 2023 It was associated with the early nomadic people of the Eurasian steppe, such as the Yuezhi and the ruling dynasty of the Kushans—an empire known for the a love of architecture and art and the spread of Buddhism. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2023 Frankopan is at his most confident on the drier terrain of the Eurasian steppe, the setting of his last book. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 10 May 2023 The steppe mammoth, known to paleontologists as Mammuthus trogontherii, was the largest of all. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Russian step'

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of steppe was in 1671

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“Steppe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: land in regions of wide temperature range (as in southeastern Europe and parts of Asia) that is dry, usually rather level, and covered with grass

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