how to pronounce bonsai


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the above transcription of bonsai is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

bonsai is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of bonsai in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… 50 year-old white pine bonsai tree at a …”

meanings of bonsai


  1. The art of planting and growing trees or plants in such a manner.
  2. A tree or plant that has been miniaturized by planting it in a small pot, restricting its roots, and by careful pruning.


  1. To make into a bonsai by restricting the roots and pruning.


  1. Misspelling of banzai.

bonsai frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word bonsai occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bonsai can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bonsai can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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