What does the word steppe mean?

Usage examples for steppe

  1. I was tramping along a Black Sea road one night, and was wondering where I should find a shelter, when suddenly a little voice cried out to me from the darkness of the steppe. – A Tramp's Sketches by Stephen Graham
  2. He had taken this handkerchief from the body of the nameless rider who was now lying alone on the steppe twelve miles away. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman