[ 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.
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Origin of whangee
1780–90; <Chinese huáng hard bamboo + -ee< ?
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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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