[ ik-uh-bah-nuh; Japanese ee-ke-bah-nah ]
/ ˌɪk əˈbɑ nə; Japanese ˈi kɛˈbɑ nɑ /


the Japanese art of arranging flowers.


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Origin of ikebana

1900–05; < Japanese, equivalent to ike(y) to make live, causative of ik- live (< *ika-i) + -bana combining form of hana flower (earlier fana < *pana)

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British Dictionary definitions for ikebana

/ (ˌiːkəˈbɑːnə) /


the Japanese decorative art of flower arrangement
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