Definition of bamboo in English:


Syllabification: bam·boo
Pronunciation: /ˌbamˈbo͞o


  • 1A giant woody grass that grows chiefly in the tropics, where it is widely cultivated.
    • Bambusa and other genera, family Gramineae
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    • Grasses, sedges and bamboos are grown mostly for their foliage and anything that enhances that effect is worth having.
    • The towering banana trees, giant bamboos and coconut palms were surrounded by endless varieties of smaller plants and flowers.
    • His slides showed examples of phormium, umbellifors, ferns and grasses, such as yuccas, angelica, tree ferns, bamboos and pampas grass.
  • 1.1The hollow jointed stem of the bamboo plant, used as a cane or to make furniture and implements: [as modifier]: a bamboo serving tray
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    • Sometimes, the placing and spacing requires a bit of thought, so I poke in small bamboo canes where I want plants to go.
    • The neighboring village of Bona is also known as a major producer of bamboo furniture and basketry.
    • We also organise festivals to popularise bamboo furniture and local art forms.


late 16th century: from Dutch bamboes, based on Malay mambu.

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