noun, often attributive
bam·​boo | \ (ˌ)bam-ˈbü How to pronounce bamboo (audio) , ˈbam-ˌ How to pronounce bamboo (audio) \
plural bamboos

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

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Examples of bamboo in a Sentence

Bamboo grows in the grove near the house. We cut down some bamboos.
Recent Examples on the Web Their patchwork garden now has half a dozen varieties, including bean vines crawling up a bamboo trellis. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: India’s lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland," 2 July 2020 Additionally, the brand is offering $200 off its bedding bundle (a $531 value), which includes two Harmony pillows, bamboo sheets, and a mattress protector. Erin Parker, Glamour, "4th of July Sales 2020: The 13 Best Mattress Sales & Deals in 2020," 1 July 2020 To develop this unconventional style, Australian company Boody started with its signature eco-friendly bamboo fabric. Braelyn Wood,, "The Boody Bra Is So Comfortable, Even Bra Haters Can’t Stop Raving About It," 30 June 2020 Garlic strands, bamboo leaves, handmade noodles, strings of chives, and hot peppers — make for some silly and mouthwatering outfits. TheWeek, "Farmers in China turn to TikTok to sell produce," 27 June 2020 This cooling pillow comes wrapped in a washable cover made of airy bamboo for an extra cooling effect. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 Made from bamboo, this desk has tons of real estate for all your work essentials: an adjustable, angled platform for your laptop, a side table for a mouse or small notebook, and even a drawer for small items like a pen or your glasses. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "11 lap desks to make working from home more comfortable," 23 June 2020 Buy breathable bedding: Silk or sateen sheets trap heat while lightweight cotton and bamboo keep you cool. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 But when youngsters tried to burn the American embassy’s flag with a flaming rag on a long bamboo pole, Chaguan watched paramilitary police beat them back. The Economist, "Chaguan Why China bullies," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of bamboo

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bamboo

Malay bambu

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The first known use of bamboo was in 1586

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bamboo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce bamboo (audio) How to pronounce bamboo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bamboo

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


bam·​boo | \ bam-ˈbü How to pronounce bamboo (audio) \

Kids Definition of bamboo

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

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