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stubble

[stuhb-uhl]
noun
1.
Usually, stubbles. the stumps of grain and other stalks left in the ground when the crop is cut.
2.
such stumps collectively.
3.
any short, rough growth, as of beard.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English stuble < Old French estuble < Vulgar Latin *stupula, Latin stipula stipule

stubbled, stubbly, adjective
unstubbled, adjective
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stubble (ˈstʌbəl)
 
n
1.  a.  the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
 b.  (as modifier): a stubble field
2.  any bristly growth or surface
 
[C13: from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, variant of stipula stalk, stem, stubble]
 
'stubbly
 
adj

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stubble
c.1300, "stumps of grain stalks left in the ground after reaping," from O.Fr. estuble "stubble" (Fr. éteule), from L. stupla, reduced form of stipula "stalk, straw;" related to stipes "trunk, stick." Applied from c.1600 to bristles on a man's unshaven face.
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