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a hill that has sloping sides and a flat top: He stood on the butte to survey the valley.
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.
n. Chiefly Western US
A hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area and has sloping or vertical sides and a flat top.
[French, from Old French butt, mound behind targets; see butt3.]
(Physical Geography) Western US and Canadian an isolated steep-sided flat-topped hill
[C19: from French, from Old French bute mound behind a target, from but target; see butt2]
an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land, esp. in the western U.S. and Canada.
[1650–60, Amer.; < North American French; French: low hill, mound]
A steep-sided hill with a flat top, often standing alone in an otherwise flat area. A butte is smaller than a mesa.
A flat-topped, steep-sided mountain or hill smaller than a mesa.
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|Noun||1.||butte - a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides|
western United States, West - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
hill - a local and well-defined elevation of the land; "they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"
|2.||Butte - a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper|