an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
the vast grasslands, especially those in the S and E European and W and SW Asian parts of Russia.

1665–75; < Russian step' or Ukrainian step; ulterior origin uncertain

step, steppe. Unabridged

Kirghiz Steppe

a steppe in Kazakhstan.
Also called The Steppes. Unabridged
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Kirghiz Steppe
a variant spelling of Kyrgyz Steppe

steppe (stɛp)
(often plural) prairie Compare pampas an extensive grassy plain usually without trees
[C17: from Old Russian step lowland]

Steppes (stɛps)
pl n
1.  the huge grasslands of Eurasia, chiefly in Ukraine and Russia
2.  another name for Kyrgyz Steppe

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vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1671, from Rus. *step', of unknown origin.
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steppe   (stěp)  Pronunciation Key 
A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
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steppes [(steps)]

Vast grassy plains associated with eastern Russia and Siberia.

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