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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

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Examples of steppe in a Sentence

nomads have long grazed yaks on the steppes of Mongolia

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Conditions on the steppe would switch suddenly from torrential rain to sweating heat but being entirely immersed in nature also provided some memorable moments. Ben Church, CNN, "Meet the oldest winner of the world's longest horse race," 30 Aug. 2019 During the Cretaceous period, which ended 65 million years ago, this region looked strikingly different from the arid steppes and hoodoos that visitors see today. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 That group consisted of herders from the Asian steppes, whose skeletons and genes are known from their burial mounds called kurgans. Jared Diamond, New York Times, "A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story," 20 Apr. 2018 The herds of bison, mammoths, horses, and reindeer that lumbered across the Pleistocene steppes, Sergey Zimov has long argued, did more than just eat the grass. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.," 16 Aug. 2019 When a rope drops, hundreds of horses charge onto the vast, dusty steppes with a horizon that never seems to end. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Pacific Classic, Mongolian Stable seeks repeat of Breeders’ Cup magic," 14 Aug. 2019 One image shows some 20 men and women with suitcases, all lined up behind traffic cones and craning their heads as if expecting a plane to appear any minute — in the middle of the steppe. Vanessa H. Larson, Washington Post, "At the Sackler Gallery, a rarely seen view of Iran by six women photographers," 14 Aug. 2019 Barley is a fairly temperate crop, predominantly grown in cooler regions like the Northern Great Plains, North Central Europe, Australia, and the Asian steppe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide," 15 Oct. 2018 South America’s natural wonder may be perilously close to the tipping-point beyond which its gradual transformation into something closer to steppe cannot be stopped or reversed, even if people lay down their axes. The Economist, "Deathwatch for the Amazon," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of steppe

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for steppe

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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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