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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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That said, Monkey Puzzles tend to lose lower branches as they grow, self pruning if you like, which gives the tree its distinctive canopy at maturity.
Monkey puzzles are available to buy but they are very slow growing.
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