noun Western U.S.
an isolated hill or mountain surrounded by lava.

step + toe Unabridged
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a hill or mountain that projects like an island above a surrounding lava field. This landform, a type of kipuka (q.v.), is named after Steptoe Butte, a quartzite protrusion above the Columbia Plateau lava flows near Colfax, Washington, U.S

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