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bam·boo

 (băm-bo͞o′)
n. pl. bam·boos
1. 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).
2. The hard or woody, jointed, often hollow stems of these plants, used in construction and to make various kinds of utensils.
3. Fabric or yarn manufactured from these plants.

[Back-formation from earlier bambos (taken as pl.), from Dutch bamboes, of Malay or Dravidian origin.]

bamboo

(bæmˈbuː)
n
1. (Plants) any tall treelike tropical or semitropical fast-growing grass of the genus Bambusa, having hollow woody-walled stems with ringed joints and edible young shoots (bamboo shoots)
2. (Plants) the stem of any of these plants, used for building, poles, and furniture
3. (Plants) any of various bamboo-like grasses of the genera Arundinaria, Phyllostachys or Dendrocalamus
4. (modifier) made of bamboo: a bamboo fence.
[C16: probably from Malay bambu]

bam•boo

(bæmˈbu)

n., pl. -boos.
1. any of various tall, sometimes treelike tropical and semitropical grasses, as of the genera Bambusa,Phyllostachys, and Dendrocalamus, having woody, usu. hollow stems bearing stalks of narrow leaves.
2. the stem of such a plant, used as a building material and for making furniture, poles, etc.
[1590–1600; earlier bambu < Malay, appar. < Dravidian]

bam·boo

(băm-bo͞o′)
Any of various tall grasses having jointed, woody, and often hollow stems. Some species of bamboo can reach heights of 100 feet (30.5 meters) or more. The young shoots of some types of bamboo are used as food.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bamboo - the hard woody stems of bamboo plantsbamboo - the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles
bamboo - woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.bamboo - woody tropical grass having hollow woody stemsbamboo - woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture
graminaceous plant, gramineous plant - cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves
bamboo - the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles
Bambusa vulgaris, common bamboo - extremely vigorous bamboo having thin-walled culms striped green and yellow; so widely cultivated that native area is uncertain
Arundinaria gigantea, cane reed, giant cane - tall grass of southern United States growing in thickets
Arundinaria tecta, small cane, switch cane - small cane of watery or moist areas in southern United States
Dendrocalamus giganteus, giant bamboo, kyo-chiku - immense tropical southeast Asian bamboo with tough hollow culms that resemble tree trunks
fishpole bamboo, gosan-chiku, hotei-chiku, Phyllostachys aurea - small bamboo of southeastern China having slender culms flexuous when young
black bamboo, kuri-chiku, Phyllostachys nigra - small bamboo having thin green culms turning shining black
giant timber bamboo, ku-chiku, madake, Phyllostachys bambusoides - large bamboo having thick-walled culms; native of China and perhaps Japan; widely grown elsewhere
Translations
خَيْرُزانشَجَرَةُ الخَيْزَران
bambus
bambus
bambuo
bambu
bambus
bambusz
bambusreyr
대나무
bambukas
bambusa-bambuss
bambusbambusový
bambus
bambu
ต้นไผ่
cây tre

bamboo

[bæmˈbuː]
A. N (= cane, plant) → bambú m
B. CPD the Bamboo Curtain Nel Telón de Bambú
bamboo shoots NPLbrotes mpl de bambú

bamboo

[bæmˈbuː]
nbambou m
modif
(= made of bamboo) [cane, pole, stick] → de bambou; [curtain] → de bambou; [hut] → de bambou, en bambou; [furniture] → en bambou
[the bamboo plant] [leaf] → de bambou bamboo shootsbamboo shoots nplpousses fpl de bambou

bamboo

nBambus m attrBambus-; bamboo shoots plBambussprossen pl; the Bamboo Curtain (Pol) → der Bambusvorhang

bamboo

[bæmˈbuː]
1. nbambù m inv
2. adjdi bambù

bamboo

(bӕmˈbuː) noun, adjective
(of) a type of gigantic grass with hollow, jointed, woody stems. furniture made of bamboo; bamboo furniture.

bamboo

خَيْرُزان bambus bambus Bambus μπαμπού bambú bambu bambou bambus bambù 대나무 bamboe bambus bambus bambu бамбук bambu ต้นไผ่ bambu cây tre 竹子
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Well; when all the wedding guests were assembled at the bride's bamboo cottage, this Captain marches in, and being assigned the post of honor, placed himself over against the punchbowl, and between the High Priest and his majesty the King, Queequeg's father.
Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know," cried Lord Henry, laughing; and the two young men went out into the garden together and ensconced themselves on a long bamboo seat that stood in the shade of a tall laurel bush.
He beat the buffaloes with a long, polished bamboo, and told Kamya, one of the boys, to graze the cattle by themselves, while he went on with the buffaloes, and to be very careful not to stray away from the herd.
These canoes, scooped out of the trunk of a tree, long, narrow, well adapted for speed, were balanced by means of a long bamboo pole, which floated on the water.
Vast forests of palms, arecs, bamboo, teakwood, of the gigantic mimosa, and tree-like ferns covered the foreground, while behind, the graceful outlines of the mountains were traced against the sky; and along the coasts swarmed by thousands the precious swallows whose nests furnish a luxurious dish to the tables of the Celestial Empire.
saw the birth of what was probably the first literary club ever known, the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.
His whiskers cut off, Noirtier gave another turn to his hair; took, instead of his black cravat, a colored neckerchief which lay at the top of an open portmanteau; put on, in lieu of his blue and high-buttoned frock-coat, a coat of Villefort's of dark brown, and cut away in front; tried on before the glass a narrow-brimmed hat of his son's, which appeared to fit him perfectly, and, leaving his cane in the corner where he had deposited it, he took up a small bamboo switch, cut the air with it once or twice, and walked about with that easy swagger which was one of his principal characteristics.
On my right hand there were lines of fishing stakes re- sembling a mysterious system of half-submerged bamboo fences, incomprehensible in its division of the domain of tropical fishes, and crazy of aspect as if abandoned for- ever by some nomad tribe of fishermen now gone to the other end of the ocean; for there was no sign of human habitation as far as the eye could reach.
Naked houris--cannibal banquets--groves of cocoanut--coral reefs--tattooed chiefs--and bamboo temples; sunny valleys planted with bread-fruit-trees--carved canoes dancing on the flashing blue waters--savage woodlands guarded by horrible idols--HEATHENISH RITES AND HUMAN SACRIFICES.
The lightning spattered the sky as a thrown egg spattered a barn door, but the light was pale blue, not yellow; and looking through my slit bamboo blinds, I could see the great dog standing, not sleeping, in the veranda, the hackles alift on her back, and her feet planted as tensely as the drawn wire rope of a suspension bridge.
To fill my cousin's younger brother's house with wastrels -' the husband began, as he shouldered his heavy bamboo staff.
Bagheera's back began to curve like a bamboo in a high wind, but Hathi lifted up his trunk and spoke quietly.