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bon·sai(bŏn-sī′, bŏn′sī′, -zī′)
n. pl. bonsai
1. The art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays.
2. A tree or shrub grown by this method.
[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).]
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n, pl -sai
1. (Plants) the art of growing dwarfed ornamental varieties of trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays by selective pruning, etc
2. (Horticulture) a tree or shrub grown by this method
[C20: Japanese: plant grown in a pot, from bon basin, bowl + sai to plant]
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bon•sai(bɒnˈsaɪ, 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.
2. the art of growing such a plant.
[1945–50; < Japanese bon-sai tray planting < Middle Chinese]
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bonsai- Comes from Japanese words meaning "tray planting" and involves growing and pruning so that all parts of the plant—flowers, leaves, and stems—are in proportion.
See also related terms for proportion.
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A Japanese word meaning plant grown in a pot, used to mean the growing of dwarf trees or shrubs in containers.
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|Noun||1.||bonsai - a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot|
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
ming tree - a dwarfed evergreen conifer or shrub shaped to have flat-topped asymmetrical branches and grown in a container
ming tree - an artificial plant resembling a bonsai
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شُجَيْرَةُ زينةٍ دائِمَه الخُضْرَه
bonsai[ˈbɒnsaɪ] N → bonsai m
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n pl <-> → Bonsai nt
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bonsai[ˈbɒnsaɪ] n → bonsai m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a small decorative evergreen shrub or tree grown in a pot, which has been prevented from growing to its usual size by various methods. bonsai شُجَيْرَةُ زينةٍ دائِمَه الخُضْرَه изкуствено умалени дръвчета bonsai bonsaj der Bonsai dværgtræ; bonsai μπονσάιbonsai bonsai گیاه بنسایی bonsai bonsaï עֵץ נָנָסִי, בּוֹנסָאי वामन वृक्ष bonsai drvo bonszaj bonsai dvergtré bonsai 盆栽 분재 bonsas bonsai bonzai bonsaiboompjedvergtre bonzai بنسایی ګیاه árvore anA bonsai карликовое дерево bonsaj bonsai bonsai bonsai ต้นไม้แคระ bodur ağaç 盆景 бонзай ایک چھوٹا سجاوٹی پودا cây cảnh 盆景
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