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bæmˈbubam·boo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bamboonoun

    the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles

  2. bamboonoun

    woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture

Wiktionary

  1. bamboonoun

    A plant; a grass of the Poaceae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem.

  2. bamboonoun

    The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane.

  3. bamboonoun

    a didgeridoo

  4. bamboonoun

    A British military or Honourable East India Company employee, who spent so much time in Indonesia, India, or Malaysia that they never went back home.

  5. bambooadjective

    Made of the wood of the bamboo.

  6. Etymology: From bamboe, from bambu, from samambu, from ಬಮ್ಬು.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bamboonoun

    An Indian plant of the reed kind. It has several shoots, much larger than our ordinary reeds, which are knotty, and separated from space to space by joints. They are said by some, but by mistake, to contain sugar; the bamboo being much larger than the sugar-cane. The leaves grow out of each knot, and are prickly. They are four or five inches long, and an inch in breadth, somewhat pointed, and ribbed through the whole length with green and sharp fibres. Its flowers grow in ears, like those of wheat.

Wikipedia

  1. Bamboo

    Bamboos are a diverse group of evergreen perennial flowering plants making up the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family, in the case of Dendrocalamus sinica individual culms reaching a length of 151 feet (46 meters), up to fourteen inches (36 centimeters) in thickness and a weight of up to 990 pounds (450 kilograms). By contrast, the culms of the tiny bamboo Raddiella vanessiae of the Kaieteur Plateau in French Guiana are only 0.4–0.8 inches (10–20 millimeters) in length by about one-twelfth inch (two millimeters) in width. The origin of the word "bamboo" is uncertain, but it probably comes from the Dutch or Portuguese language, which originally borrowed it from Malay or Kannada.In bamboo, as in other grasses, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross-section are scattered throughout the walls of the culm instead of in a cylindrical cambium layer between the bark (phloem) and the wood (xylum) as in Dicots and Conifers. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, including the palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.Bamboos include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 centimetres (36 inches) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 40 millimeters (1+1⁄2 in) an hour (equivalent to 1 mm every 90 seconds). Growth up to 47.6 inches (156 centimeters) in 24 hours has been observed in the instance of Japanese Giant Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides). This rapid growth and tolerance for marginal land, make bamboo a good candidate for afforestation, carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation. Bamboo is versatile and has notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a raw product, and depicted often in arts, such as in bamboo paintings and bambooworking. Bamboo, like wood, is a natural composite material with a high strength-to-weight ratio useful for structures. Bamboo's strength-to-weight ratio is similar to timber, and its strength is generally similar to a strong softwood or hardwood timber. Some bamboos have displayed remarkable strength under test conditions. Bambusa tulda of Bangladesh and adjoining India has tested as high as 60,000 pounds (27,000 Kg or 27 tonnes) per square inch in tensile strength. Other bamboos have extraordinailly hard wood. Bambusa tabacaria of China contains so much silica that it will make sparks when struck by an axe.

ChatGPT

  1. bamboo

    Bamboo is a type of perennial evergreen plant that belongs to the grass family. It is characterized by its tall, hollow stalk known as a culm, and tiny leafy branches that grow from nodes along the culm. Known for being one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, bamboo is extremely versatile and is used in many cultures for building materials, as a food source, and for its aesthetic appeal in landscaping. It is native to various parts of the world, particularly East Asia, South Asia, and Africa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bamboonoun

    a plant of the family of grasses, and genus Bambusa, growing in tropical countries

  2. Bambooverb

    to flog with the bamboo

Wikidata

  1. Bamboo

    Bamboo is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboos, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bamboo

    bam-bōō′, n. a gigantic Indian reed or grass, with hollow-jointed stem, and of hard texture. [Malay bambu.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bamboo

    (Bambusa arundinacea). A magnificent articulated cane, which holds a conspicuous rank in the tropics from its rapid growth and almost universal properties:--the succulent buds are eaten fresh and the young stems make excellent preserves. The large stems are useful in agricultural and domestic implements; also in building both houses and ships; in making baskets, cages, hats, and furniture, besides sails, paper, and in various departments of the Indian materia medica.

Editors Contribution

  1. bamboo

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed and tree created and cultivated in various colors and species.

    There are many varieties of bamboo plant and its wood is used as aa material to make products.


    Submitted by MaryC on August 30, 2015  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bamboo in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bamboo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bamboo in a Sentence

  1. Solnelis Cedeno:

    Since we couldn't build with blocks, we had to cut bamboo and mud.

  2. Edwin Sabuhoro:

    We had a lot of cases of poachers ... killing, setting snares, cutting bamboo.

  3. Abdul Qadr al-Najdi:

    You are protecting yourself from the detonators with shields of bamboo, and from the flood with a ring of wood.

  4. Chinese Proverb:

    When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.

  5. Carrejo Labendeira:

    The bamboo was as high as the bus, and we were just being shaken all over.

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