Word of the Day February 1, 2023 [archive]
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Today's word: steppestɛp
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word steppe
extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)
The grasslands of Eastern Europe and Asia. Similar to (US) prairie and (African) savannah.
More properly, the name given vast cold, dry grass-plains.
Origin: 1671. From or, in turn from степь or степ. There is no generally accepted earlier etymology, but there is a speculative reconstruction *, related to топот, топтать.
one of the vast plains in Southeastern Europe and in Asia, generally elevated, and free from wood, analogous to many of the prairies in Western North America. See Savanna
Origin: [From Russ. stepe, through G. or F. steppe.]
In physical geography, a steppe is an ecoregion, in the montane grasslands and shrublands and temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biomes, characterized by grassland plains without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes. The prairie is an example of a steppe, though it is not usually called such. It may be semi-desert, or covered with grass or shrubs or both, depending on the season and latitude. The term is also used to denote the climate encountered in regions too dry to support a forest, but not dry enough to be a desert. The soil is typically of chernozem type. Steppes are usually characterized by a semi-arid and continental climate. Extremes can be recorded in the summer of up to 40 °C and in winter, –40 °C. Besides this huge difference between summer and winter, the differences between day and night are also very great. In the highlands of Mongolia, 30 °C can be reached during the day with sub-zero °C readings at night. The mid-latitude steppes can be summarised by hot summers and cold winters, averaging 250–500 mm of precipitation per year. Precipitation level alone is not what defines a steppe climate, potential evapotranspiration must also be taken into account.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
step, n. one of the vast uncultivated plains in the south-east of Europe and in Asia. [Russ. stepe.]
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The numerical value of steppe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of steppe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of steppe in a Sentence
The authors present several dates for mammoth, woolly rhino, horse and steppe bison that are also substantially younger than the fossil record indicates, which builds a stronger case for late survival across the Arctic than has been made previously.
Previously on the steppe, we have limited evidence for pet keeping, and no evidence yet for domestic cats, however, the people at the city of Dhzankent not only kept this cat, but kept him alive and cared for him.
Moscow zoo could not remain on the sidelines of such a magnificent event. Therefore we have decided to name our steppe eagle which hatched over a month ago in honor of Igor Akinfeev.