bamboo

noun, often attributive bam·boo \ (ˌ)bam-ˈbü , ˈbam-ˌ \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of bamboo

plural bamboos
: 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

  1. Bamboo grows in the grove near the house.

  2. We cut down some bamboos.

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Origin and Etymology of bamboo

Malay bambu



BAMBOO Defined for English Language Learners

bamboo

noun

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

bamboo

noun bam·boo \ bam-ˈbü \

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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