[ hwang-gee, wang- ]
/ ʰwæŋˈgi, wæŋ- /


a bamboo of the genus Phyllostachys, of China.
a walking stick or cane made from the stem of this plant.

Nearby words

  1. whammy,
  2. whanau,
  3. whang,
  4. whangarei,
  5. whangdoodle,
  6. whap,
  7. whapper,
  8. whapping,
  9. whare,
  10. whare wananga

Origin of whangee

1780–90; < Chinese huáng hard bamboo + -ee < ?

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Examples from the Web for whangee

  • Besides, he once licked the stuffing out of me with a whangee.

    Jill the Reckless|P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • He was subjected to a long insolent scrutiny, a whangee cane smote him sharply across the back.

    The Bright Shawl|Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for whangee


/ (wæŋˈiː) /


any tall woody grass of the S and SE Asian genus Phyllostachys, grown for its stems, which are used for bamboo canes and as a source of paper pulp
a cane or walking stick made from the stem of any of these plants

Word Origin for whangee

C19: probably from Chinese (Mandarin) huangli, from huang yellow + li bamboo cane

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