Definition of steppe in English:


Syllabification: steppe
Pronunciation: /step


(often steppes)
  • A large area of flat unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia.
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    • By the mid-sixteenth century Crimea, the southern Russian steppes, the Kazakh steppes, and western Siberia had come under Islamic law.
    • With these they are able to dramatise plains, prairies, steppes and meadows.
    • From the borders of Europe to the frozen steppes of Siberia and the Pacific coastline of Vladivostok, Russia is still geographically a powerful presence despite having shed its Soviet-era neighbours.


late 17th century: from Russian stepʹ.

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