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There are 16 total results for your Bonsai search.

Characters Pronunciation
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin pén zāi / pen2 zai1
Taiwan p`en tsai / pen tsai
Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese growing plants in pots; Japanese: bonsai
Japanese bonsai; miniature potted plant; (place-name) Bonsai



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Mandarin wǔ shě / wu3 she3
Taiwan wu she
Japanese goyō / ごよう
Japanese (abbreviation) (See 五葉松) Japanese white pine (favored for gardens and bonsai); goyoumatsu; (given name) Goyou
five petals


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Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい Japanese (given name) Bonsai


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Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい Japanese (ant: 天才) mediocrity; ordinary ability


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Japanese bonsai / ぼんさい Japanese Buddhist priest's wife


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Japanese tenpai / てんぱい Japanese ornament, etc. accompanying a bonsai


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Mandarin pén jǐng / pen2 jing3
Taiwan p`en ching / pen ching
Japanese bonkei / bonke / ぼんけい
Chinese bonsai; landscape in a pot
Japanese miniature garden; tray landscape


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Japanese bonbai / ぼんばい Japanese plum bonsai


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Japanese kifuu / kifu / きふう Japanese class size of bonsai trees (25-35cm); (personal name) Kifuu


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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.); (surname) Yarimizu


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Japanese hachimono / はちもの Japanese (1) food served in bowls; (2) potted plant; bonsai


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Japanese goyoumatsu / goyomatsu / ごようまつ Japanese Japanese white pine (favored for gardens and bonsai)



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Mandarin shuǐ héng zhī / shui3 heng2 zhi1
Taiwan shui heng chih
Chinese cape jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides), esp. grown as bonsai


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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (1) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.)


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Japanese hachiutsuri / はちうつり Japanese compatibility between the pot and the bonsai


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Japanese yarimizu / やりみず Japanese (1) (See 寝殿造り) stream (in a Japanese garden); narrow stream flowing through a traditional garden (esp. in a Heian period villa); (2) watering (potted plants, bonsai, etc.)

Entries with 2nd row of characters: The 2nd row is Simplified Chinese.

This page contains 16 results for "Bonsai" in Chinese and/or Japanese.

Information about this dictionary:

Apparently, we were the first ones who were crazy enough to think that western people might want a combined Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist dictionary.

A lot of westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese - and there is a reason for that. Chinese characters and even whole words were borrowed by Japan from the Chinese language in the 5th century. Much of the time, if a word or character is used in both languages, it will have the same or a similar meaning. However, this is not always true. Language evolves, and meanings independently change in each language.

Example: The Chinese character 湯 for soup (hot water) has come to mean bath (hot water) in Japanese. They have the same root meaning of "hot water", but a 湯屋 sign on a bathhouse in Japan would lead a Chinese person to think it was a "soup house" or a place to get a bowl of soup. See this: Soup or Bath

This dictionary uses the EDICT and CC-CEDICT dictionary files.
EDICT data is the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, and is used in conformance with the Group's license.

Chinese Buddhist terms come from Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. This is commonly referred to as "Soothill's'". It was first published in 1937 (and is now off copyright so we can use it here). Some of these definitions may be misleading, incomplete, or dated, but 95% of it is good information. Every professor who teaches Buddhism or Eastern Religion has a copy of this on their bookshelf. We incorporated these 16,850 entries into our dictionary database ourselves (it was lot of work).

Combined, these cover 355,969 Japanese, Chinese, and Buddhist characters, words, idioms, and short phrases.

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