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 in a Sentence
Bamboo grows in the grove near the house.
We cut down some bamboos.
Recent Examples of bamboo from the Web
The base represents but the tip of a fast-growing bamboo shoot.
Quick orders of pickled daikon, pig’s ear slivers, and stewed bamboo shoots can be ordered straight from the deli case.
He was beaten with bamboo canes and tied up during interrogations.
Thread onto bamboo skewers, alternating with the pineapple; transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Finely grate the lime zest into a small bowl, cover, and set aside.
The deck is made from solid bamboo and shaped to provide a natural suspension, which snaps you through turns and smooths out the bumps.
The massage service starts with a foot bath, ends with a bath in a traditional Japanese bamboo-wood bathtub, and is followed by a decadent sushi dinner for two.
Inside where the bamboo pipe played were thousands of paper boats, folded by family and friends, meant to accompany Neng’s soul into the afterlife.
Meet the Jag Grill, a three-in-one fire pit, table, and BBQ grill, which allows guests to get cozy by the fire and even grill their own meal, right from their beautiful bamboo seats (kebabs and s'mores, anyone?).
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Origin and Etymology of bamboo
First Known Use: 1586See Words from the same year
BAMBOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bamboo for English Language Learners
: a tall plant with hard hollow stems that are used for building and to make furniture, tools, etc.
BAMBOO Defined for Kids
Definition of bamboo for Students
: a tall treelike tropical grass with a hard hollow jointed stem that is used in making furniture and in building
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