bamboo

noun, often attributive
bam·​boo | \ (ˌ)bam-ˈbü , ˈbam-ˌ \
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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This small town was (and still is) known for manufacturing goods out of mulberry bark and bamboo, like paper umbrellas and paper lanterns. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About the Noguchi Lamp," 1 Feb. 2019 The two dressers incorporate faux bamboo, cerused oak and rattan. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Neoclassical Chinoiserie in one of Jersey City’s Priciest Bedrooms," 3 Jan. 2019 In the sitting room, wicker disks and mismatched furniture create a surprising variety of materials and textures; where bamboo, robe and cane find harmony with Missoni and Svenstenn textiles. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 There are plenty of Le Corbusier-era machined and streamlined works alongside her wood and bamboo pieces, inspired by her time spent in Japan. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Exhibition showcases 80 years of Charlotte Perriand’s brilliant furniture," 14 Dec. 2018 The bamboo-like wallpaper is by New York home-furnishings brand Kravet. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "An L.A. Bath Where It’s Always a Beach Vacation," 28 Aug. 2018 The camps frequently experience devastating flash floods in the wet season, which have claimed the lives of dozens of refugees - and obliterated fragile homes built with bamboo and banana leaves. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Burma's Karen refugees face dwindling aid, struggle with depression and suicides," 15 Aug. 2018 Villagers fearing aftershocks could be seen camped by the thousands under makeshift blue tarpaulins held together with bamboo and sticks. Todd Pitman, The Seattle Times, "In quake-hit Indonesia, a challenge to recover the dead," 7 Aug. 2018 The pressure to avoid disposable straws has created a market for reusable straws made of materials like paper, silicone, stainless steel, glass and bamboo. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Starbucks to Stop Using Disposable Plastic Straws by 2020," 9 July 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 \

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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