from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several Asian bamboos of the genus Phyllostachys.
- n. A walking stick made from the woody stem of any of these bamboos.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of over forty Asian grasses of the genus Phyllostachys, a genus of bamboos, hardy evergreen plants from Japan, China and the Himalayas with woody stems sometimes used to make canes and umbrella handles.
- n. A cane made from whangee wood.
Ultimately from Chinese (Mandarin) huáng lí.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin (huáng lí) (Wiktionary)