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1[mass noun] A giant woody grass which is grown chiefly in the tropics.
- ‘Grasses and bamboos, on the other hand, hate disturbance at this time of year, preferring to be worked on in the spring or early summer.’
- ‘Grasses, sedges and bamboos are grown mostly for their foliage and anything that enhances that effect is worth having.’
- ‘Upon reaching the unimaginably elegant and tranquil village, our visual senses were overwhelmed by verdant and lush hills, slender young bamboos, stout-aged pines, and two joyous streams.’
- ‘Several noninvasive, clumping bamboos do well.’
- ‘There are numerous true bamboos, running and clumping types, that can be grown in the garden or in large containers.’
- ‘The undulating streams, swaying bamboos, sylvan surroundings and trekking tracts make Ganeshgudi and Dandeli unique holiday destinations.’
- ‘At the technical level, the bamboos were engraved by either a scorch-marking process or with sharp quartz flints, pieces of shell or other similar instruments.’
- ‘Most bamboos fall between the two physiological states of constant flowering and constant sterility.’
- ‘Some bamboos will grow well in Wales as they are frost-hardy and evergreen.’
- ‘His slides showed examples of phormium, umbellifors, ferns and grasses, such as yuccas, angelica, tree ferns, bamboos and pampas grass.’
- ‘These included a number of exotic plants - rhododendrons, bamboos, and tree ferns being particularly well represented.’
- ‘All are supplied from his exotic collection of hundreds of different bamboos plus palms, tree ferns, grasses, unusual evergreens and rare conifers.’
- ‘The gardens which surround it include mature bamboos, tree ferns, Italian Cypresses and mature Agaves.’
- ‘The turquoise blue Martha Brae river ran in a big curve through the estate, overhung with giant bamboos and full of crayfish.’
- ‘But I am going to shave and trim my goatee which seems to be growing at the happy rate of bamboos.’
- ‘I have seen giant bamboos growing; the effect is a bit like a free range, organic church organ.’
- ‘The more desirable garden bamboos are, naturally, those that grow slowly at the root and have rapid vertical growth.’
- ‘Rain drove us indoors to the warmth of a huge German wood-burning stove in a room with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking a large cobbled atrium with grasses and bamboos in containers.’
- ‘The mild Puget Sound climate provides a perfect environment for the maples, bamboos, azaleas, broad-leafed evergreens, and conifers that are the backbone of Japanese garden design.’
- ‘The towering banana trees, giant bamboos and coconut palms were surrounded by endless varieties of smaller plants and flowers.’
- 1.1 The hollow jointed stem of the bamboo plant, used as a cane or to make furniture and implements:‘a section of bamboo about four feet long’[as modifier] ‘a bamboo bench’
- ‘They fed me on boiled pumpkin, wild rice, little mud fish and river prawns cooked in hollow bamboo tubes.’
- ‘The thatched roofs are made out of palm fronds, and the walls out of bamboo or cane.’
- ‘For, artisans from the northeast are here with their bamboo and cane works.’
- ‘First they cut a little well into bark and fill it with water carried in hollow bamboo.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘State bamboo and cane products received the first orders from China and Turkey.’
- ‘I stand over another well, another deep hole, but this one has long bamboo poles and timber flung in.’
- ‘Jute bags look stylish enough, when used as carry bags fitted with bamboo or cane handles.’
- ‘As the masks are made of bamboo and cane, it is very light and easy to don.’
- ‘The craftsmen process the bamboo by cleansing and soaking the bamboo stems in water for a couple of days.’
- ‘For those who had seen only bamboo furniture on the roadsides, it was different.’
- ‘They have no money and spend every day carrying rice up the mountain on bamboo sticks.’
- ‘Shadow puppets are manipulated with bamboo sticks attached to the lower part of leather puppets.’
- ‘With no windows the interior is illuminated only by the thin needles of light entering between the bamboo canes.’
- ‘The arrival of synthetic products may have pushed bamboo and cane out of the front rows in the market.’
- ‘We also organise festivals to popularise bamboo furniture and local art forms.’
- ‘The strong smoky flavour comes from laying the tea leaves on bamboo trays above burning pinewood.’
- ‘I always use a few bamboo canes to mark the planting position so I don't damage the shallow - planted bulbs.’
- ‘This reminds me of when my Dad used to make kites for me out of bamboo canes and brown paper.’
Late 16th century: from Dutch bamboes, based on Malay mambu.
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