• Bamboo
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bamboo woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture
    • n bamboo the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.
    • n Bamboo (Bot) 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.
    • v. t Bamboo To flog with the bamboo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The oldest musical instrument is probably the flute. It's been discovered that primitive cave dwellers made an instrument from bamboo or some other small hollow wood.
    • n bamboo The common name of the arborescent grasses belonging to the genus Bambusa (which see) and its allies.
    • n bamboo In the West Indies, a tall climbing grass of the genus Panicum, P. divaricatum.
    • n bamboo In Queensland, a coarse grass, Stipa micrantha.
    • n bamboo A stick or cane from the stem of the bamboo.
    • n bamboo In pottery, a name given to a cane-colored biscuit made by Wedgwood.
    • n bamboo An Eastern measure of length, equal in Pondicherry to 3⅔ meters.
    • n bamboo In Sumatra, a measure of capacity: in Bencoolen, equal to the United States (Winchester) gallon; in Achin, to 5 pints.
    • bamboo To beat with a bamboo; punish by flogging with a smooth lath of bamboo; bastinado.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.
    • n Bamboo bam-bōō′ a gigantic Indian reed or grass, with hollow-jointed stem, and of hard texture.
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  • Bruce Lee
    “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay bambu, mambu,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malay bambu.


In literature:

Bare as our leaf-carpeted bamboo-glade appeared, yet a select little company found life worth living there.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Bamboo thickets alternated with patches of lush jungle, and life seethed in both.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The villages are stockaded with bamboo, and the water runs through them in troughs of split bamboo.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
It was a bamboo pole, like a fishing-pole only much larger.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
When I arose next day and walked to the usual morning seat under the bamboos, I found only Moro there.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
She returned, yawning still, to dust the crumbs from the little bamboo table.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
In other places a single piece of bamboo was thrown over a frightful chasm, by way of bridge.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Masses of palms, dark green bamboos, and other tropical growths fill up the distance.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Hornbeams appear, and birch, willow, alder, and walnut grow side by side with wild plantains, palms, and gigantic bamboos.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Here also may be seen the curious method of trellising orchards of pear trees with bamboo poles.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch

In poetry:

To rosy rifts and hillocks,
To orchards that I knew,
To snows of peach and cherry,
And feathers of bamboo.
"Nippon" by Alfred Noyes
The leaves of bamboo grass
All o'er the mount with silken
Rustles sound, yet
I dream of my darling,
For I am parted from her.
"The leaves of bamboo grass" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
For me to send them to. My heart
Teaches me loving words to use,
But I can repeat them only
In the garden, to the tall bamboos.
"Young Girl: Annam" by Padraic Colum
Sitting alone among dark bamboo,
Play: lift my voice, into deep trees.
Where am I? No one knows.
Only White Moon finds me here.
"The Bamboo Grove" by Wang Wei
She stands and dreams for me
Outside the house by the bamboo door.
In a minute
I will leave my shadow
And talk to her of poetry and love.
"The Little Woman Of Clear River" by Edward Powys Mathers
Nor, in the bamboos, where they bow
A respite from the blinding sun,
The old priest--dreaming painless how
Nirvana's calm will come when won.
"Maya" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Top with champagne and dust with bamboo fungus and black truffle powder.
He described the bansuri as "a piece of bamboo with four to six holes in it, basically.".
Destructive bamboo becomes home space invader .
The most spectacular scene of the play involves kites whirled at the end of long, bamboo poles as boys compete to cut each other's kite strings.
This undated publicity photo provided by courtesy of Opening Ceremony shows a black bamboo jersey Eyelet Tank ($150) and white wool and padded mesh Cutout Trouser ($250) from Yoko Ono's new menswear collection.
It is linen , not wool, that resembles "bamboo shards" while wool looks like "fish scales.
Bamboo Now Available in Solid Lumber .
Then, they were served premium in-flight meals with bamboo, fruit, and water.
The Maui Fire Department responded to a report of a 22-year-old woman who fell off a 20-foot cliff in the area of the Bamboo Forest trail.
Mending wings with wire and bamboo.
Liu Ye's Bamboo Modernism .
Beijing-based artist Liu Ye is in New York to finish painting his ultra-refined nine-part Bamboo Bamboo Broadway in situ at Sperone Westwater for his show of the same name.
The chip-free top and base coat contain borage seed oil and bamboo extract (an excellent source of silica), both of which work to hydrate nail beds, encourage growth, and strengthen weak nails .
Nepalese children play on a bamboo swing at sunrise in Kathmandu during the ninth day of the 15-day Dashain festival.
After that, it's all springy yellow noodles , shredded pork shoulder, creamy pork belly, submerged laver, green onions and bamboo shoots.

In science:

The woodwinds are so named because originally they were mostly constructed from wood or bamboo, although the metal is used in constructing modern flutes and saxophones and plastic is used to make recorders.
Music in Terms of Science