1) The stump or stool of a tree from which young shoots spring.

1524 To keep and … fence all trees, stoven, and undergrowth, so that it be not destroyed or lossed, Blubberhouses

1672 all the springe woodes, underwoods and stovens now growinge, Tong. Perhaps also the tree’s base: 1622 every Timber tree … ought to be sex foote long above the stoven and a foote square at the Topp, Pickering.

dates 1524 1622 1672

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