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)



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