I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. a giant woody grass which is grown chiefly in the tropics.● Bambusa and other genera, family Gramineae. 2. the hollow jointed stem of the bamboo plant, used as a cane or to make furniture and implements. • a section of bamboo about four feet long.
• [as modifier]
a bamboo bench.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Dutch bamboes, based on Malay mambu.