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 Made from rayon sourced from bamboo and nylon, the fabric is cooler than most fibers used in pillowcases and helps to wick away moisture — which is also good for keeping skin clear. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Made from natural bamboo, this matcha set includes a whisk, scoop and spoon that are easy to use and clean. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 Karen Reznek of Berwyn Heights has always been quite fond of a pair of calf-length, black-with-silver-glitter socks, made from sustainable bamboo. John Kelly, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 Since then, the researchers have discovered intimate items within the collection, such as ebony dominoes, a calligraphy brush, and chopsticks made from bamboo and redwood. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Since the turn of the century, thousands of locals and tourists would visit the theme park’s panda conservatory to get a glimpse of An An and Jia Jia bathing in rock pools or chewing on loose shoots of bamboo. Karina Tsui, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 One of her first projects was to construct a reclining chair out of bamboo that would look at home in a Williams-Sonoma catalogue. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 15 July 2022 The bamboo sheets will keep you cool throughout the night, especially in hot summer months, and envelop you in silky softness on lazy mornings. Madison Yauger,, 11 July 2022 The bamboo will soothe irritated and inflamed skin, and the tea tree will help fight off blemishes and acne. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Bamboo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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