noun, 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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the tall, treelike grasses, found in tropical and subtropical to mild temperate regions, that make up the subfamily Bambusoideae, family Poaceae. Bamboos are giant, fast-growing grasses with woody stems. A few species of the genus Arundinaria are native to the southern U.S., where they form dense canebrakes along riverbanks and in marshy areas. The woody, hollow, aerial stems grow in branching clusters from a thick rhizome, often forming a dense undergrowth that excludes other plants. All parts of the bamboo are used, for purposes including food, livestock fodder, fine-quality paper, construction materials, and medicines. Bamboos also have ornamental use in landscape gardens.


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