bamboo

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.

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By using materials like sustainable rattan, bamboo, and wool, IKEA wanted to create a tranquil balance between our modern way of living and nature. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Summer Collection Is Designed to Help You Destress," 1 Apr. 2019 Rugs made of sisal, bamboo, sea grass, and even hemp have proven to be a favorite for top designers and families with pets and children, but another style that's just as popular is jute. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 Theplumbago-blue dining room opens on one side to a tropical conservatory, paneled in pale lime-green bamboo, where hummingbirds purr over orchid plants, banana fronds, and palms. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 However, when bamboo is growing among other plants, control becomes problematic. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to get rid of groundhogs in your yard," 15 Mar. 2018 The dining room of Intro is filled with cliche red lanterns, hanging bamboo steamers and other Chinese tchotchkes. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Intro Dim Sum is mostly single-note," 12 May 2017 The larger, more expensive version has bamboo on the back, while the smaller one has a much more boring gray plastic. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Lenovo Smart Display review: the Google appliance," 26 July 2018 Chansitha Ouk remembers being 9 years old and lying awake on her bamboo mat, longing for her mother. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Survivor of Cambodian killing fields now a UC Berkeley graduate," 11 May 2018 Gift options include bamboo sheets, a dual-sided blanket, the original Purple Pillow, or a mattress protector. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Insane Presidents' Day Mattress Sales for Casper, Serta and More," 16 Feb. 2019

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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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bamboo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bamboo

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

bamboo

noun
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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