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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


  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.

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


  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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  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. Carrejo Labendeira:

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

  2. Seami Motokiyo:

    To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

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

  4. Abdul Qadr al-Najdi:

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

  5. Seb Lyall:

    Every table that you sit at is designed so that the sight is obstructed between other dining parties, the restaurant is partitioned or there’s bamboo or you only see someone’s back or a silhouette or their shadows from candles.

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