An example of a steppe is a place where tigers may live.
- any of the great plains of SE Europe and Asia, having few trees
- any similar plain
Origin of steppeRussian step'
Origin of steppeGerman, from Russian step'.
- 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.
1671. From German or French, in turn from Russian ÑÑ‚ÐµÐ¿ÑŒ (step', “flat grassy plain") or Ukrainian ÑÑ‚ÐµÐ¿ (step). There is no generally accepted earlier etymology, but there is a speculative Old East Slavic reconstruction *ÑÑŠÑ‚ÐµÐ¿ÑŒ (sÑŠtep'), related to Ñ‚Ð¾Ð¿Ð¾Ñ‚ (tÃ³pot), Ñ‚Ð¾Ð¿Ñ‚Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (toptÃ¡t').