Bonsai Definition

bŏn-sī, bŏnsī, -zī
noun
The art of dwarfing and shaping trees and shrubs in shallow pots by pruning, controlled fertilization, etc.
Webster's New World
Such a tree or shrub.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Bonsai

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bonsai
Plural:
bonsais

Origin of Bonsai

  • Japanese potted plant bon basin (from Early Middle Chinese bən) (also the source of Mandarin pén) sai to plant (from Middle Chinese tsəj) (also the source of Mandarin zāi)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 盆栽 (ぼんさい bonsai), from Middle Chinese 盆 (bwon "bowl") + 栽 (tsoj "to plant") (compare Mandarin pénzāi 盆栽).

    From Wiktionary

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