- any of the woody or treelike tropical and semitropical grasses of the genera Bambusa, Phyllostachys, Dendrocalamus, and allied genera, having woody, usually hollow stems with stalked blades and flowering only after years of growth.
- the stem of such a plant, used as a building material and for making furniture, poles, etc.
Origin of bamboo
Examples from the Web for bamboo
The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Some facilities had begun erecting “bamboo hand washing stations” at the entrance to hospitals, but not enough.$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
October 7, 2014
When she was young, the homes were made of bamboo and there were no cars or motorbikes.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Tell that to the nearby pandas, happily ensconced with their bamboo, magnificently ignoring everything.How to Catch a Depressed Gorilla, Japanese-Style
February 6, 2014
The rooms are cold and the bamboo sticks are infused with aromas; each room exudes a different Japanese scent.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
January 24, 2014
The framework is of bamboo, strengthened and held taut with wire guys.
Bamboo is used in the construction of the body frame, and also for the frame of the tail.
Dschang Go has a bamboo drum with two drum-sticks (and his donkey).
The “bamboo basket” is a Moses motive which occurs in other Chinese fairy-tales.
Within the room was a bed of bamboo, without covers or pillows.
- any tall treelike tropical or semitropical fast-growing grass of the genus Bambusa, having hollow woody-walled stems with ringed joints and edible young shoots (bamboo shoots)
- the stem of any of these plants, used for building, poles, and furniture
- any of various bamboo-like grasses of the genera Arundinaria, Phyllostachys or Dendrocalamus
- (modifier) made of bambooa bamboo fence
Word Origin and History for bamboo
1590s, from Dutch bamboe, from Portuguese bambu, earlier mambu (16c.), probably from Malay samambu, though some suspect this is itself an imported word.