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Meaning of bonsai

bon•sai

Pronunciation: (bon-sī', -zī', bōn-, bon'sī, -zī, bōn'-), [key]
— pl. -sai.
  1. a tree or shrub that has been dwarfed, as by pruning the roots and pinching, and is grown in a pot or other container and trained to produce a desired shape or effect.
  2. the art or hobby of developing and growing such a plant or plants.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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