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stubble

[stuhb-uh l] /ˈstʌb əl/
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
1250-1300; Middle English stuble < Old French estuble < Vulgar Latin *stupula, Latin stipula stipule
Related forms
stubbled, stubbly, adjective
unstubbled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stub-bled

stubble

/ˈstʌbəl/
noun
1.
  1. the stubs of stalks left in a field where a crop has been cut and harvested
  2. (as modifier) a stubble field
2.
any bristly growth or surface
Derived Forms
stubbly, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, variant of stipula stalk, stem, stubble
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Word Origin and History for stub-bled

stubble

n.

c.1300, "stumps of grain stalks left in the ground after reaping," from Old French estuble "stubble" (French éteule), from Latin 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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