Etymology
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steppe (n.)

vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1670s, from German steppe and directly from Russian step', of unknown origin. Introduced in Western Europe by von Humboldt.

updated on January 09, 2016

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Definitions of steppe from WordNet

steppe (n.)
extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia);
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