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.

bamboo frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word bamboo occurs in english on average 7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bamboo can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bamboo can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to bamboo


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