Definitions for Bonsaibɒnˈsaɪ, boʊn-, ˈbɒn saɪ, ˈboʊn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bon•saibɒnˈsaɪ, boʊn-, ˈbɒn saɪ, ˈboʊn-(n.)(pl.)-sai.

  1. a tree or shrub that has been dwarfed, as by pruning the roots and pinching the shoots and branches.

    Category: Botany

  2. the art of growing such a plant.

    Category: Botany, Fine Arts

Origin of bonsai:

1945–50; < Japn bon-sai tray planting < MChin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bonsai(noun)

    a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot


  1. bonsai(Noun)

    A tree or plant that has been miniaturized by restriction of its roots and by careful pruning.

  2. Origin: From 盆栽.


  1. Bonsai

    Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology. "Bonsai" is a Japanese of the earlier Chinese term penzai. A "bon" is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. The word bonsai is often used in English as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots. This article focuses on bonsai as defined in the Japanese tradition. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine, or for creating yard-size or park-size gardens or landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

Anagrams of Bonsai

  1. Bosnia

  2. sabino

Translations for Bonsai

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small decorative evergreen shrub or tree grown in a pot, which has been prevented from growing to its usual size by various methods.

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