HOW DID BAMBOO GET ITS NAME?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

The marvelous natural features of bamboo make it one of the most recognizable plants in the world. Its name, too, is very interesting. Because of the way it sounds and the same pronunciation in all parts of the world, very few people can hear it and then forget it.


And why "Bamboo Mamboo"...


There are two stories about the origin of the word BAMBOO, and both came from Malaysia.

The first story says that the word BAMBOO was formed by combining the words “mamboo”, which originated in the ancient Dravidian, spoken mostly by Malayans, and the word “bamboes”, which was used, and introduced in that part of the world by the Dutch colonists, at the end of the 16th century.  According to this story, the word BAMBOO was coined in the period between 1590 and 1600.


MAMBOO + BAMBOES =BAMBOO



The second story dates back to an even earlier period and says the original Malay word MAMBOO, in fact, was pronounced BAMBOO, and was coined as onomatopoeia for the sound of burning bamboos.


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