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

Illustration of bamboo

Illustration of bamboo

Examples of bamboo in a Sentence

Bamboo grows in the grove near the house. We cut down some bamboos.
Recent Examples on the Web The vintage bamboo hook from Ellan's Relics on Etsy and rustic topiary pots from Terrain help pull it all together. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 8 June 2021 Dripping with quintessential Palm Beach charm, the rooms are outfitted in chic, happy design schemes: think bamboo beds and bountiful botanical prints. Ariel Okin, Vogue, 8 June 2021 The artisans use cane and bamboo to make things for both everyday and cultural practices. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 June 2021 Some have been examining ballots for bamboo fibres, which would purportedly prove that counterfeit ballots for Biden were sent from South Korea. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 6 June 2021 Then there are the conspiracy theories — the search for nonexistent watermarks or bamboo fibers in the ballots, sparked by unfounded rumors of ballots flown in from Asia. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 The audit has included checking ballots for bamboo to confirm a conspiracy theory that 40,000 fraudulent ballots were shipped from Asia. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Smeg does it again with a gorgeous four-slot '50s inspired retro toaster in seven stunning hues, complete with a pair of bamboo toaster tongs. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 3 June 2021 Made from natural bamboo charcoal, the Marsheepy 12 Pack Bamboo Charcoal Bags and Odor Remover will fit in your shoes or bags that need cleansing. Chris Hachey, BGR, 1 June 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Bamboo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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