Meaning of bamboo

bam•boo

Pronunciation: (bam-b'), [key]
— pl. -boos.
  1. any of the woody or treelike tropical and semitropical grasses of the genera Bambusa, Phyllostachys, Dendrocalamus, and allied genera, having woody, usually hollow stems with stalked blades and flowering only after years of growth.
  2. the stem of such a plant, used as a building material and for making furniture, poles, etc.
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