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monkey puzzle

n
(Plants) a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family Araucariaceae. Also called: Chile pine
[so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them]

mon′key puz`zle


n.
a South American coniferous timber tree, Araucariaaraucana, of the family Araucariaceae, with candelabralike branches, stiff sharp leaves, and edible nuts.
[1865–70; perhaps from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs]
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Noun1.monkey puzzle - large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts
araucaria - any of several tall South American or Australian trees with large cones and edible seeds
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monkey puzzle

n (tree) → araucaria
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MONKEY puzzle trees got their name because it was thought monkeys would not be able to climb up their spiny leaves.
The Meadows is a double fronted period property which is really easy to find - just look for the two large Monkey Puzzle trees in the front garden and the imposing driveway.
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The trees destroyed include Chilean wine palms, monkey puzzle trees and Gunnera tinctoria, which were planted as part of the park's Gateway to Chile project.
The pub was named after the oak trees that gave their name to the road, although today monkey puzzle trees grow outside the pub.