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
There are clump forming bamboos, which are not likely to spread and can be planted to give the homeowner a fun and exotic look.
Bamboo, lush bushes, palm trees, orchids, tropical flowers (even in your drinks).
Okay, this is a bit of a cheat, as bamboo is technically a hard grass, not wood.
Ms. Kozen warned that viscose rayon is often wrongly marketed as environmentally friendly because it is derived from bamboo.
Sunlight filtered down from above, dappling bamboo and rain trees, illuminating tropical birds and casting pocket-mirror flashes on mossy koi ponds.
Cool history aside, bamboo is a great construction material.
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Origin and Etymology of bamboo
First Known Use: 1586
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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