The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stable \Sta"ble\, n. [OF. estable, F. ['e]table, from L.
stabulum, fr. stare to stand. See Stand, v. i.]
A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in;
esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a
horse stable; a cow stable. --Milton.
Stable fly (Zool.), a common dipterous fly (Stomoxys
calcitrans) which is abundant about stables and often
enters dwellings, especially in autumn; called also
biting house fly. These flies, unlike the common house
flies, which they resemble, bite severely, and are
troublesome to horses and cattle. They differ from the
larger horse fly.