1. The short, stiff stalks of grain or hay remaining on a field after harvesting.
2. Something resembling this material, especially the short growth of hair that eventually protrudes from the skin after shaving.
[Middle English stuble, from Old French estuble, from Latin stupula, stupla, variant of stipula, straw.]
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