noun, bam·boo often attributive \(ˌ)bam-ˈbü, ˈbam-ˌ\

: a tall plant with hard hollow stems that are used for building and to make furniture, tools, etc.

plural bamboos

Full Definition of BAMBOO

:  any of various woody or arborescent grasses (as of the genera Bambusa, Arundinaria, and Dendrocalamus of the subfamily Bambusoideae) of tropical and temperate regions having hollow stems, thick rhizomes, and shoots that are used for food; also :  the jointed stem of bamboo used especially for building, furniture, and utensils

Examples of BAMBOO

  1. Bamboo grows in the grove near the house.
  2. We cut down some bamboos.

Illustration of BAMBOO

Origin of BAMBOO

Malay bambu
First Known Use: 1586
BAMBOO Defined for Kids


noun bam·boo \bam-ˈbü\

Definition of BAMBOO for Kids

:  a tall treelike tropical grass with a hard hollow jointed stem that is used in making furniture and in building
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