[step] /stɛp/
an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
The Steppes,
  1. the vast grasslands, especially those in the S and E European and W and SW Asian parts of Russia.
  2. Kirghiz Steppe.
1665–75; < Russian step' or Ukrainian step; ulterior origin uncertain
Can be confused
step, steppe.
Example Sentences for steppe
When he escaped from prison he was quickly back on the steppe.
His salary has helped make them well-off by steppe standards.
The fire ecology of intermountain steppe is influenced by its distinctive physiognomy and phenology.
The effects of precipitation timing on sagebrush steppe vegetation.
Shrub-steppe early succession following invasive juniper cutting and prescribed fire.
Fire is a natural process in the sagebrush steppe and any given area can be expected to burn perhaps once a century.
Some areas of degraded shrub-steppe will need to be restored in order to support nesting sage-grouse.
British Dictionary definitions for steppe
steppe (stɛp)
(often plural) prairie Compare pampas an extensive grassy plain usually without trees
[C17: from Old Russian step lowland]

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Word Origin and History for steppe
vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1671, from Rus. *step', of unknown origin.
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steppe in Science
A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
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