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

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.

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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 Bamboo is a soft, breathable fiber made from renewable bamboo grass. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Behind them, other women pegged swaths of indigo fabrics on bamboo poles, while men in loose navy shirts trickled into the fields that fan out from Zhaoxing’s cluster of slanted wooden roofs. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Most marched away from the statue while a smaller group surrounded it with banners on bamboo poles, concealing efforts to tie a rope or cable around it. Fox News, "The Latest: UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018 To keep plants upright and fruit clean and intact, stalk plants with bamboo poles. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Schalkowski keeps 10 bamboo poles at the ready on his raft. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They love fishing, so they set cabins afloat: Wolf River rafts are 'home' to some anglers," 20 June 2018 In their shack at the bottom of a hill in Balukhali refugee camp, a crude lattice of bamboo poles held up a roof made of cardboard strips and sheets of plastic. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them," 19 June 2018 Miller purchased his first skis and bamboo poles at age 15 for $2 -- money earned delivering newspapers. The Seattle Times, OregonLive.com, "Warren Miller, pioneering snow-sports filmmaker, dies at 93," 25 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of bamboo was in 1586

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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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