Stubble is the rendering in the A.V. of two Heb. and one Gr. word:
1. Usually קִשׁ, kash (which is invariably so rendered), so called from its dryness, which denotes the dry halm of grain, partly as left standing in the fields (Ex 5:12), and then sometimes burned over (15:7; Isa 5:24; Isa 47; Isa 14; Joe 2:5; Na 1:10; Ob 1:18), and partly as broken up into chaff by treading out the grain, and so separated by ventilation (Job 13:25; Job 42:17 ; Ps 83:18; Isa 40:24; Isa 41:2; Jer 13:24). SEE CHAFF.
2. Once תֶּבֶן, teben (Job 21:18), properly straw, as used for provender. SEE STRAW.
3. Once καλαμή (1Co 3:12), which denotes in general the stalk of grain after the ears are removed (Xenoph. Ver. 5, 18; Sept. for קִשׁ, Ex 15:7; Joe 2:5). In Egypt the reapers only cut off the ears of the corn with the sickle, leaving the straw, which they deemed worthless, to rot on the ground. Hence when the cruel Pharaoh commanded the Hebrew brick makers to gather straw for themselves (Ex 5:12), though guilty of excessive tyranny, he did not, as some have supposed, ordain a physical impossibility. SEE BRICK.