ETYM French See Butt a bound.
(American) steep, isolated hill.
A detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the general level of the surrounding plain; -- applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region.
1. City in North Dakota (USA); zip code 58723.
2. Unincorporated community in Alaska (USA).
3. Village in Nebraska (USA); zip code 68722.
Mining town in Montana, US, in the Rocky Mountains; Butte was founded 1864 during a rush for gold, soon exhausted; copper was found some 20 years later on what was called “the richest hill on earth”.
The last mine closed 1983. Butte is the seat of the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.
Steep-sided, flat-topped hill, formed in horizontally layered sedimentary rocks, largely in arid areas. A large butte with a pronounced tablelike profile is a mesa.
Buttes and mesas are characteristic of semiarid areas where remnants of resistant rock layers protect softer rock underneath, as in the plateau regions of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, US.