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A.Word.A.Day--butte

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This week's theme: words that are homophones of everyday words.

butte (byoot) noun

An isolated hill rising abruptly from the surrounding area, having steep sides and a flat top.

[From French butte (mound).]

See more usage examples of butte in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"The barren buttes surrounding this small ranching town offered scant places for coyotes to hide as hunters converged." Matthew Brown; Coyote Hunts Draw Criticism; Associated Press; Jan 21, 2007

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