any of a number of semitropical or tropical grasses (subfamily Bambusoideae) often resembling trees, with perennial, jointed stems that are woody, hard, springy, and often hollow and sometimes grow to a height of c. 36 m (c. 120 feet): the stems are used in light construction and for furniture, canes, etc., and the young shoots of some species are eaten
Origin of bambooMalay bambu from uncertain or unknown; perhaps a Dravidian language
- of bamboo
- made of bamboo stems
- Any of various usually woody, temperate or tropical plants chiefly of the genera Arundinaria, Bambusa, Dendrocalamus, Phyllostachys, or Sasa in the grass family. Certain species of bamboo can reach heights of 20 to 30 meters (66 to 98 feet).
- The hard or woody, jointed, often hollow stems of these plants, used in construction and to make various kinds of utensils.
- Fabric or yarn manufactured from these plants.
Origin of bambooBack-formation from earlier bambos ( taken as pl. ) from Dutch bamboes of Malay or Dravidian origin
- A grass of the Poaceae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem, all of which are in the Bambuseae tribe.
- The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane.
- a didgeridoo
- (slang) 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.
- Made of the wood of the bamboo.
(third-person singular simple present bamboos, present participle bambooing, simple past and past participle bambooed)