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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]
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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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Translations

monkey puzzle

n (tree) → araucaria
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