Definition of steppe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

steppe

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//step//
 
; NAmE NAmE//step//
 
[countable, usually plural, uncountable]
 
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a large area of land with grass but few trees, especially in SE Europe and Siberia the vast Russian steppes The Cossacks are best known as the roving horsemen of the Russian steppes. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Russian step.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: steppe