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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bamboo
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
cane
▪ Ann's boyfriend hits Tommy around the head with a bamboo cane spiked with nails.
▪ Single bamboo canes are also used as rhythm sticks in many parts of the world, including Polynesia and the Amazon Basin.
▪ Firm soil around roots and stake standard-trained plants using a bamboo cane.
hut
▪ Carey set to work clearing the jungle and erecting a little bamboo hut with fences to keep out tigers!
▪ A hard dirt path leads into the village past a cluster of small bamboo huts.
▪ The hostages had been kept in mud and bamboo huts in a mosquito-infested swamp area.
▪ At one time they had to dive out of the bamboo hut in which they were sheltering when a gunfight erupted.
pole
▪ It includes handmade umbrellas with bamboo poles and struts, and handpainted weatherproof cotton canopies.
▪ Along the sidewalks, women walked with heavy baskets of produce hooked on bamboo poles laid across their shoulders.
▪ Both the Corporation and the Company had always turned trolleys with a hooked bamboo pole.
▪ I decided we should paint all the bamboo poles with raw lacquer before we tied them together.
▪ The seawater flowed up through the cracks between the bamboo poles, and the wave crest traveled right over the raft.
▪ Mark lashed the windmill to the inevitable bamboo pole, and we tried propping it near the stern.
▪ We were happy to see that the bamboo pole looked to be in excellent condition.
▪ Frustrated designers constructed elaborate beach retreats with driftwood, bamboo poles, and Laura Ashley sheets.
raft
▪ His 60-foot bamboo raft will have a crew of five or six people.
▪ The same was true of our bamboo raft.
▪ But the bamboo raft ploughed forward smoothly.
▪ But they were not looking out for a small, insignificant speck of a slow-moving bamboo raft.
▪ At seventy-five feet Sea Dragon had been larger than Hsu Fu and a much more substantial vessel than a flimsy bamboo raft.
▪ After a few days on shore I had forgotten just how flexible was our bamboo raft.
▪ In short, he was ideally suited for long-distance sailing on an increasingly waterlogged bamboo raft.
▪ It would only test whether the bamboo raft could have been a vehicle for such contact.
shoot
▪ Add onion, bamboo shoots, ginger, water chestnuts and boy choy and cook 1-2 minutes.
▪ Fry bamboo shoots for 2 minutes.
▪ We ate greens and bamboo shoots, picked in the jungle, and occasionally villagers would give us a bit of meat.
■ VERB
make
▪ Then the guides lured a barking deer, with the sound of a pipe they made out of half-split bamboo.
▪ She was made of flexible bamboo, while the majority of the other rafts had been more massive, sturdy timber structures.
▪ It is made of earth and bamboo but it is beautiful.
▪ The table was made of bamboo, lacquered scarlet, and the top was painted with gilded peonies.
▪ At the foot of the steps is a shack made of bamboo and planks of wood.
use
▪ Firm soil around roots and stake standard-trained plants using a bamboo cane.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Along the sidewalks, women walked with heavy baskets of produce hooked on bamboo poles laid across their shoulders.
▪ Ann's boyfriend hits Tommy around the head with a bamboo cane spiked with nails.
▪ But the bamboo raft ploughed forward smoothly.
▪ But the bamboo sailing rafts needed less than a foot of water to float, and came gliding right into the shallows.
▪ Grazing buffalo knocked over the satellite dish, so a bamboo fence has had to be built around it.
▪ His 60-foot bamboo raft will have a crew of five or six people.
▪ I tried peeking down through a gap between the bamboo slats.
▪ In 1970 a large area of bamboo flowered and died resulting in many deaths through starvation in the panda population.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bamboo

Bamboo \Bam*boo"\, v. t. To flog with the bamboo.

Bamboo

Bamboo \Bam*boo"\ (b[a^]m*b[=oo]"), n. [Malay bambu, mambu.] (Bot.) A plant of the family of grasses, and genus Bambusa, growing in tropical countries.

Note: 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bamboo

1590s, from Dutch bamboe, from Portuguese bambu, earlier mambu (16c.), probably from Malay samambu, though some suspect this is itself an imported word.

Wiktionary
bamboo
  1. Made of the wood of the bamboo. n. 1 A grass of the Poaceae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem, all of which are in the (taxlink Bambuseae tribe noshow=1) tribe. 2 The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane. 3 A didgeridoo. 4 (context slang English) A member of the British military or British East India Company who spent so much time in Indonesia, India, or Malaysia that they never went back home. v

  2. (context transitive English) To flog with a bamboo cane.

WordNet
bamboo
  1. n. the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles

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

Wikipedia
Bamboo (band)

Bamboo was a Filipino rock band formed in 2002 and disbanded in 2011. It consisted of Bamboo Mañalac, Ira Cruz, Nathan Azarcon and Vic Mercado.

Bamboo (unit)

A bamboo is an obsolete unit of length in India and Myanmar.

Bamboo (elephant)

Bamboo is an Asian elephant residing at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington that has been at the center of controversy for several years. Her reputation as a troubled elephant, allegedly due to past abuse and an inadequate life at the Zoo, has caused animal rights activists such as Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants to fight for the release of the Zoo's elephants to a sanctuary. According to the Zoo's website, Bamboo weighs 8,800 pounds and is the most inquisitive of its three elephants.

Bamboo

The bamboos are a subfamily (Bambusoideae) of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae.

Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboo, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, including the palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.

Bamboos include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 cm (3 ft) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 4 cm (1.5 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or one inch every 40 minutes). Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel.

The word bamboo comes from the Kannada term bambu, which was introduced to English through Indonesian and Malay.

Bamboo (disambiguation)

Bamboo may refer to:

  • Bamboo, a group of woody plants in the true grass family Poaceae
  • Dracaena sanderiana, "lucky bamboo"
  • bamboo (unit), an obsolete unit of measurement
  • Bamboo (production act), a UK house music project
  • Bamboo Mañalac, Filipino singer and former band vocalist
  • Bamboo (band), a Filipino rock band
  • Bamboo (lyricist), an MC from Kenya
  • "Bamboo," a song by OutKast from their 2003 album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Bamboo (software), continuous integration software from Atlassian
  • Wacom Bamboo, a graphic tablet produced by Wacom
  • "Hips Don't Lie (Bamboo Remix)", the 2006 FIFA remix version of Shakira's song " Hips Don't Lie"
  • Bamboo Engineering, a British auto racing team
  • Bamboo, Jamaica, a village
  • Bamboo Club, a chain of nightclubs
  • Bamboo (film), a 1945 comedy film
Bamboo (production act)

Bamboo was a short-lived British house production act formed by producer Andrew Livingstone, formerly of Hed Boys (with Dave Lee/Joey Negro). It had a #2 hit in the UK Singles Chart with "Bamboogie" in 1998, which was based on a sample from the KC and the Sunshine Band song " Get Down Tonight". The act's other hit single, also in 1998, was "The Strutt", which peaked at #36 and featured Erin Lordan on vocals. Both singles were released on the VC Recordings label, a subsidiary label of Virgin Records. Livingstone also co-produced Take That's cover version of " Relight My Fire" in 1993 along with Dave Lee.

Bamboo (rapper)

Simon Kimani, more popularly known as Bamboo, is an emcee who represents Kenya and currently lives in New York City. He was raised in Inglewood, California by parents of East African descent, and at the age of 17, his parents sent him to Nairobi, Kenya to eschew the potentially dangerous life they feared he might have if he stayed in Inglewood. Bamboo transferred the success he was beginning to have in California to Nairobi, acquiring a record deal and producing his first album, Nairoberry, with his group K-South in 2001. He formed the record label Project 254 in Nairobi with Kenyan emcees Tim Waindi and Attitude. Bamboo is also a member of the record label The Grass Company, and he states that he intends to re-record a previously released album "exactly the way [they] did it in Kenya but now with state-of-the-art equipment" in Atlanta, Georgia.Shogunate Excutionaire. Bamboo ...Left Coast, Africa to Right Coast. http://beneathdasurface.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=51&Itemid=1. Accessed 3/8/2008.

Bamboo was featured in the film Hip Hop Colony as one of the premiere rappers from Kenya, and in a clip featuring himself and emcees Big Mike and Attitude rapping over live guitar chords, Bamboo's style combines American and Kenyan content while being delivered in a markedly American accent and flow. When asked about the majority of his songs being in English, Bamboo stated, "Rapping in English is the only way to infiltrate the US rap game and get respect because without that respect no one will even bother with you."

Bamboo (Pierre Estève album)

Bamboo is the debut album by French composer Pierre Estève and was released in 1996 by Shooting Star. It is the first album in Esteve's MADe IN series, based on matters and materials from Chinese instrument classification, followed by Metal in 2001.

Bamboo (film)

Bamboo'' (Spanish:Bambú'') is a 1945 Spanish historical comedy film directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia and starring Imperio Argentina. It is set in 1898 during the Cuban War of Independence.

Bamboo (software)

Bamboo is a continuous integration server from Atlassian, the makers of JIRA, Confluence and Crowd.

Bamboo is free for open-source projects. Commercial organizations are charged based on the number of build agents needed.

Bamboo supports builds in any programming language using any build tool, including Ant, Maven, Make, and any command-line tools. Build notifications can be customized based on the type of event, and received via email, instant message, RSS, or pop-up windows in Eclipse-based IDEs and IntelliJ IDEA.

In May 2016 The Register reported that "The move [to discontinue Bamboo in the cloud on 31st January, 2017] seems to spell the eventual end for Atlassian’s Bamboo tool as a separate cloud-based platform, though it will continue as a server product.".

Usage examples of "bamboo".

One man, using a chert adze and axe, was building a short-legged bamboo bed.

The banks were lined with flowering peach, and chiching trees with violet flowers growing directly from the trunks and branches, and behind them was a shady bamboo grove, and then the pear trees, and then a thousand apricot trees that were flaming with a million scarlet blossoms.

Between these sinister relics hung African shields of hide and bamboo, crossed with assagais and war daggers.

Macao was astir with the progress of the pits being prepared at Chuenpi and the enormous stores of confiscated opium being piled behind bamboo fences that sealed off the area.

Two wings extended out toward the street, creating a garden-like area in the center that was planted with pink and gray caladium, banks of philodendrons and elephant ears, climbing roses, banana trees, bamboo, crepe myrtle and azaleas, whose blooms puffed in the wind and tumbled on the grass.

Sherry and I went down fast, and entered the forest of sea bamboo, picking up position from the markers that Chubby and I had left on our last dive.

Occasionally, as we floated down, vineyards were visible with the vines trained on horizontal trellises, or bamboo rails, often forty feet long, nailed horizontally on cryptomeria to a height of twenty feet, on which small sheaves of barley were placed astride to dry till the frame was full More forest, more dreams, then the forest and the abundant vegetation altogether disappeared, the river opened out among low lands and banks of shingle and sand, and by three we were on the outskirts of Niigata, whose low houses,--with rows of stones upon their roofs, spread over a stretch of sand, beyond which is a sandy roll with some clumps of firs.

Inside, wrapped in the waterproof sheath of a bamboo culm, was her new travel permit.

Inside, Judy Cuttle had done what she could to turn a mobile home into an Edwardian farmhouse, complete with antimacassars and rusty photos in bamboo frames of geezers in waistcoats and glum women in cameoes.

Beyond the bridge they passed across a lower level, jungle clad with delicate bamboos and dhak, and sweet-scented shrubs, and clusters of gorgeous oleanders.

The British agent attached to the previous Dunstone survey had been one of two men killed in a bush fire that began inside a bamboo camp on the banks of the Martha Brae River, deep within the Cock Pit country.

Others carried coils of rope, fardels of bamboo poles, and rolls of cloth.

A good enough solution to have diversified into five hundred genera, five thousand species: corn, wheat, rice, bamboo, sorghum, reed, oats, timothy, fescue, Kentucky blue.

Cyrus Harding, seeing the clump of bamboos, cut a quantity, which he mingled with the other fuel.

Constable was sitting in the middle of his bamboo grove, enveloped in a suit of hoplite armor, similarly filthy and scarred, that was twice as big as he was, and that made his bare head look absurdly small.