how to pronounce bamboo


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The above transcription of bamboo is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

bamboo is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of bamboo in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… unpredictable like a piece of bamboo you …”

meanings of bamboo


  1. 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.
  2. A grass of the Poaceae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem, all of which are in the Bambuseae tribe.
  3. A didgeridoo.
  4. The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane.


  1. To paint (furniture, etc.) to give it the appearance of bamboo.
  2. To penetrate sexually.
  3. To flog with a bamboo cane.


  1. Made of the wood of the bamboo.

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