bòn´sì´, -zì´) noun
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 Chinese pén) + sai, to plant (from Chinese zâi).]
first mention of Bonsai in Usenet:
From: ihuxw!kathleen (ihuxw!kathleen)
Subject: Small Trees . . .
Date: 1983-05-13 21:19:45 PST
Relay-Version:version B 3/9/83; site alice.UUCP
Posting-Version:version B 2.10 gamma 4/7/83; site ihuxw.UUCP
Date:Wed, 11-May-83 14:54:00 EDT
Organization:BTL Naperville, Il.
To: rcj1 at ihuxi:
The small trees which you are referring to are called "bonsai" trees and I believe that their origin is Japanese.
Your local libratry
should have numerous books on this subject, including types of trees which
make the best specimens for your "bonsai."