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butte

[byoot] /byut/
noun, Western U.S. and Canada.
1.
an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60, Americanism; < North American French; French: low hill, mound, Old French: landmark, target, apparently feminine derivative of but butt2
Can be confused
beaut, butte, Butte.

Butte

[byoot] /byut/
noun
1.
a city in SW Montana: mining center.
Can be confused
beaut, butte, Butte.
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British Dictionary definitions for butte

butte

/bjuːt/
noun
1.
(Western US & Canadian) an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French bute mound behind a target, from but target; see butt²
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Word Origin and History for butte
n.

1805, American English, from French butte, from Old French but "mound, knoll" (see butt (n.3)). A French word introduced in Lewis & Clark's journals.

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butte in Science
butte
  (byt)   
A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.
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Encyclopedia Article for butte

Butte

city, seat (1881) of Silver Bow county, southwestern Montana, U.S., on the western slope of the Continental Divide.

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