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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Steppe or French steppe, in turn from Russian степь (stepʹ, flat grassy plain) or Ukrainian степ (step). There is no generally accepted earlier etymology, but there is a speculative Old East Slavic reconstruction *сътепь (sŭtepĭ, trampled place, flat, bare), related to топот (topot), топтать (toptatĭ).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

steppe (countable and uncountable, plural steppes)

  1. The grasslands of Eastern Europe and Asia. Similar to (North American) prairie and (African) savannah. [from 1671]
  2. More properly, the name given vast cold, dry grass-plains.
    • 2000, Mary Elizabeth v. N., “Steppe”, in Blue Planet Biomes[1], West Tisbury Elementary School:
      Grasslands: The Steppe biome is a dry, cold, grassland that is found in all of the continents except Australia and Antarctica. It is mostly found in the USA, Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet and China. There isn't much humidity in the air because Steppe is located away from the ocean and close to mountain barriers.

Usage notesEdit

Although it may be the steppe biome, one would not normally speak of the steppes of Canada, whereas one would speak of the steppes of Asia or the steppes of Russia.

TranslationsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Melʹnyčuk O. S., editor (1982–2012), “степ”, in Etymolohičnyj slovnyk ukrajinsʹkoji movy [Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language] (in Ukrainian), Kiev: Naukova Dumka

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DanishEdit

 
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NounEdit

steppe c (definite singular steppen, indefinite plural stepper, definite plural stepperne)

  1. steppe (large treeless grass plain)

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstɛpə/
  • (file)

NounEdit

steppe f (plural steppes, diminutive steppetje n)

  1. steppe

Derived termsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Russian степь (stepʹ)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

steppe f (plural steppes)

  1. steppe

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

steppe

  1. First-person singular present of steppen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of steppen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of steppen.
  4. Imperative singular of steppen.

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

steppe f

  1. plural of steppa

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English stæpe, stepe, from Proto-Germanic *stapiz, *stapǭ. The (historical) geminate is influence from steppen.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstɛp(ə)/, /ˈstɛːp(ə)/, /ˈstap(ə)/, /ˈstaːp(ə)/

NounEdit

steppe (plural steppes or stepen)

  1. A step, pace (movement of the foot)
  2. A step or stair; a individual landing of a set of stairs.
  3. An imprint or sign of something; that which something leaves as evidence:
    1. The imprint left by a step; a footprint or track.
    2. The imprint left by a thing, person or phenomenon (extant or former)
    3. (figuratively) The remains left by an injury or disease.
  4. The bottom region of the foot; the sole.
  5. A phase, step or tier as part of a scale or process.
  6. (figuratively) A move, action or direction (towards an objective).
  7. (rare) The length covered by a step (as a unit of length, ~2.5 feet)
  8. (rare) The ground; a foothold or stepping-place.
  9. (rare) A group or a thing that is part of it.

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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NounEdit

steppe m (definite singular steppen, indefinite plural stepper, definite plural steppene)

  1. steppe (large treeless grass plain)

Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
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NounEdit

steppe f (definite singular steppa, indefinite plural stepper, definite plural steppene)

  1. steppe (large treeless grass plain)