Origin of butteFr, mound from Old French buter: see butt
A butte in the desert.
The definition of a butte is a small and steep hill that stands alone in a plain.
An example of a butte is an elevated lookout point in a plain.
a steep, flat-topped hill surrounded by a plain, esp. in the W U.S.; a remnant of a mesa; small mesa
nounChiefly Western US
A hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area and has sloping or vertical sides and a flat top.
Origin of butteFrench from Old French butt mound behind targets ; see butt 3.
West Mitten Butte, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
A city of southwest Montana south-southwest of Helena. It grew in the late 1800s as a mining town, especially after the discovery of copper.x
- The Butte, Anaconda & Pacific railway carries ore from the mines at Butte to the smelters at Anaconda.
- Other discoveries about Butte followed, and the output of copper increased from I I,01I long tons in 1883 to 129,805 long tons in 1906, more than 99.6% from Silverbow county.
- Of growing importance are the gems found in California: a few diamonds in Butte county; rock crystal in Calaveras county; and tourmalines, kunzite, the rare pink beryl and bright blue topazes in San Diego county.
- Extensive deposits are mined in the United States, particularly at Butte in Montana, and in Namaqualand, South Africa.
- In the region between the Northern and Southern Rockies, the plains are interrupted by minor Mountain groups, volcanic buttes and lava flows, among which the Leucite Hills and Pilot Butte are prominent examples.