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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Even preparing the pot for cooking, by tying a porous muslin cloth around a frame and tightening it with a piece of bamboo, required some trial and error. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019 His father died when García was six, and for a few years García attended elementary school with a throng of local children in a one-room building perched on poles, its bare unpainted walls made of split bamboo. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 The order includes both obligate carnivores such as lions, as well as bamboo-munching pandas. Brian Kateman, Quartz, "Vegan pets sound bougie, but they might just save the Earth," 12 June 2019 She was registered as the female head of household, and given plastic sheeting, matting, bamboo poles, and a ten-square-metre plot on a bare hillside. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 The tingling formula promises to absorb excess oil with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves from Japan, and organic community-trade tea tree oil from Kenya — and without parabens, paraffin, silicone, or mineral oil. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Body Shop’s Charcoal Mask Is Sold Once Every 15 Seconds," 18 May 2019 Charcoal is created by super-heating carbon-rich materials such as wood, coconut shells, bamboo and olive pits. Laura Daily, The Seattle Times, "How charcoal escaped the grill and ended up in your bathroom," 12 Apr. 2019 Swathed in bamboo with icicle-like appendages dripping from the ceilings, the cozy room was engineered with audio in mind. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hotel as Patron of the Arts? In Hong Kong, the Peninsula Takes the Trend to the Next Level," 9 Apr. 2019 Spider plants, money plants, African violets, and bamboo are all safe to keep near Fido, just to name a few. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Are The Most Pet-Friendly Plants For Your Home," 6 Mar. 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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