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From Mandarin 黃藜 (huánglí).


whangee (plural whangees)

  1. 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.
  2. A cane made from whangee wood.
    • 1929, Baldwyn Dyke Acland, chapter 2, in Filibuster[1]:
      “One marble hall, with staircase complete, one butler and three flunkeys to receive a retired sojer who dares to ring the bell. D'you know, old boy, I gave my bowler to the butler, whangee to one flunkey, gloves to another, and there was the fourth poor blighter looking like an orphan at a Mothers' Meeting. …"

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