Definition of bamboo in English:

bamboo

noun

  • 1A giant woody grass that grows chiefly in the tropics, where it is widely cultivated.

    • ‘The undulating streams, swaying bamboos, sylvan surroundings and trekking tracts make Ganeshgudi and Dandeli unique holiday destinations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These included a number of exotic plants - rhododendrons, bamboos, and tree ferns being particularly well represented.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I am going to shave and trim my goatee which seems to be growing at the happy rate of bamboos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grasses, sedges and bamboos are grown mostly for their foliage and anything that enhances that effect is worth having.’
    • ‘All are supplied from his exotic collection of hundreds of different bamboos plus palms, tree ferns, grasses, unusual evergreens and rare conifers.’
    • ‘I have seen giant bamboos growing; the effect is a bit like a free range, organic church organ.’
    • ‘Several noninvasive, clumping bamboos do well.’
    • ‘The towering banana trees, giant bamboos and coconut palms were surrounded by endless varieties of smaller plants and flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gardens which surround it include mature bamboos, tree ferns, Italian Cypresses and mature Agaves.’
    • ‘There are numerous true bamboos, running and clumping types, that can be grown in the garden or in large containers.’
    • ‘The turquoise blue Martha Brae river ran in a big curve through the estate, overhung with giant bamboos and full of crayfish.’
    1. 1.1 The hollow jointed stem of the bamboo plant, used as a cane or to make furniture and implements.
      [as modifier] ‘a bamboo serving tray’
      • ‘I always use a few bamboo canes to mark the planting position so I don't damage the shallow - planted bulbs.’
      • ‘For, artisans from the northeast are here with their bamboo and cane works.’
      • ‘As the masks are made of bamboo and cane, it is very light and easy to don.’
      • ‘The neighboring village of Bona is also known as a major producer of bamboo furniture and basketry.’
      • ‘The arrival of synthetic products may have pushed bamboo and cane out of the front rows in the market.’
      • ‘The thatched roofs are made out of palm fronds, and the walls out of bamboo or cane.’
      • ‘First they cut a little well into bark and fill it with water carried in hollow bamboo.’
      • ‘With no windows the interior is illuminated only by the thin needles of light entering between the bamboo canes.’
      • ‘Shadow puppets are manipulated with bamboo sticks attached to the lower part of leather puppets.’
      • ‘They fed me on boiled pumpkin, wild rice, little mud fish and river prawns cooked in hollow bamboo tubes.’
      • ‘Jute bags look stylish enough, when used as carry bags fitted with bamboo or cane handles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The strong smoky flavour comes from laying the tea leaves on bamboo trays above burning pinewood.’
      • ‘The craftsmen process the bamboo by cleansing and soaking the bamboo stems in water for a couple of days.’
      • ‘Sometimes, the placing and spacing requires a bit of thought, so I poke in small bamboo canes where I want plants to go.’
      • ‘State bamboo and cane products received the first orders from China and Turkey.’
      • ‘This reminds me of when my Dad used to make kites for me out of bamboo canes and brown paper.’
      • ‘I stand over another well, another deep hole, but this one has long bamboo poles and timber flung in.’
      • ‘We also organise festivals to popularise bamboo furniture and local art forms.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

bamboo

/bamˈbo͞o/