from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays.
- n. A tree or shrub grown by this method.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree or plant that has been miniaturized by restriction of its roots and by careful pruning.
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- n. a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot
Japanese, potted plant : bon, basin (from Middle Chinese bən) + sai, to plant (from Middle Chinese tsəj, tsaj).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 盆栽 (bonsai). (Wiktionary)