Definition of Bamboo

1. Noun. The hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles.

Generic synonyms: Wood

2. Noun. Woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture.

Definition of Bamboo

1. n. A plant of the family of grasses, and genus Bambusa, growing in tropical countries.

2. v. t. To flog with the bamboo.

Definition of Bamboo

1. Noun. A plant; a grass of the Poaceae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem. ¹

2. Noun. The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane. ¹

3. Noun. a didgeridoo ¹

4. Noun. (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. ¹

5. Adjective. Made of the wood of the bamboo. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To flog with a bamboo cane. ¹

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Definition of Bamboo

1. a tropical grass [n -BOOS]

Medical Definition of Bamboo

1. A plant of the family of grasses, and genus Bambusa, growing in tropical countries. The most useful species is Bambusa arundinacea, which has a woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem, and grows to the height of forty feet and upward. The flowers grow in large panicles, from the joints of the stalk, placed three in a parcel, close to their receptacles. Old stalks grow to five or six inches in diameter, and are so hard and durable as to be used for building, and for all sorts of furniture, for water pipes, and for poles to support palanquins. The smaller stalks are used for walking sticks, flutes, etc. Origin: Malay bambu, mambu. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bamboo

bam island
bamboo (current term)
bamboo antshrike
bamboo curtain
bamboo fern
bamboo palm
bamboo partridge
bamboo shoot
bamboo shoots
bamboo spine
bamboo wife
bamboo wives

Literary usage of Bamboo

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula by Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden (1906)
"[probably the former, meaning ' ' dog bamboo," compare the corresponding Sem. ... Lernet smin, "bamboo,' with the first word above.] 29. bamboo ..."

2. A Handy Book of Curious Information: Comprising Strange Happenings in the by William Shepard Walsh (1913)
"bamboo. There is no tree which serves so many useful purposes as the bamboo. The native of India obtains from it a part of his food, many of his household ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1833)
"And to be sure the next day he came down with a sheet of parchment in his hand, all engrossed in a fair band, and told bamboo this was ..."

4. Things Chinese: Or, Notes Connected with China by James Dyer Ball (1904)
"Wallace would scarcely regard the bamboo as a tropical plant, while Rein calls the ... The bamboo is hardier than its slender stalks, tender green leaves, ..."

5. Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan by Asiatic Society of Japan (1900)
"For the bamboo in question has no creeping root-stock. ... which grow in warm climates, produce buds from each node of the parent bamboo above ground, ..."

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