Definition of bonsai noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɒnsaɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːnsaɪ//
    (pl. bonsai) Crafts and skills
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  1. 1[countable] a small tree that is grown in a pot and prevented from reaching its normal size
  2. 2[uncountable] the Japanese art of growing bonsai See related entries: Crafts and skills
  3. Word Origin1950s: from Japanese, from bon ‘tray’ + sai ‘planting’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bonsai