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Any of several evergreen coniferous trees of the genus Araucaria native to South America, Australia, and islands of the southwest Pacific Ocean, having awl-shaped leaves and whorled branches and including Norfolk lsland pine.

[From Spanish Araucaria, (tree) of Arauco, a former province of south-central Chile.]
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(Plants) any tree of the coniferous genus Araucaria of South America, Australia, and Polynesia, such as the monkey puzzle and bunya-bunya
[C19: from New Latin (arbor) Araucaria (tree) from Arauco, a province in Chile]
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(ˌær ɔˈkɛər i ə)

n., pl. -car•i•as.
any of several South American and Australasian trees of the genus Araucaria, of the monkey puzzle family, as the Norfolk Island pine.
[1825–35; < New Latin, after Arauc(o) province in central Chile; see -aria]
ar`au•car′i•an, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.araucaria - any of several tall South American or Australian trees with large cones and edible seedsaraucaria - any of several tall South American or Australian trees with large cones and edible seeds
genus Araucaria - a genus of the araucaria family
Araucaria araucana, chile pine, monkey puzzle - large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts
Araucaria excelsa, Araucaria heterophylla, norfolk island pine - evergreen of Australia and Norfolk Island in the South Pacific
Araucaria columnaris, new caledonian pine - very tall evergreen of New Caledonia and the New Hebrides similar to norfolk island pine
Araucaria bidwillii, bunya bunya, bunya bunya tree - Australian conifer bearing two-inch seeds tasting like roasted chestnuts; among the aborigines the tree is hereditary property protected by law
Araucaria cunninghamii, hoop pine, Moreton Bay pine - pine of Australia and New Guinea; yields a valuable light even-textured wood
conifer, coniferous tree - any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
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That I do not regret, for the mayor's wife and I are not sympathetic; but when Xavier uproots my pet araucaria and bears it across the garden into the conservatory I protest at the top of my voice.
There is a dry bituminous wood upon the plateau--a species of araucaria, according to our botanist--which is always used by the Indians for torches.
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Students along senior faculty member Aftab Khan planted the trees of Araucaria along with Maj.Riaz to be part of national drive clean and green movement at SSAQ northern lawn for commemorating the visit.
Tendo em vista a carencia de estudos que vise caracterizar a estrutura do [d.sub.q] e [d.sub.copa], o objetivo deste estudo e analisar qual FDP se ajusta melhor a essas variaveis dendrometricas em um plantio florestal (Pinus taeda) e um fragmento de floresta natural (Araucaria angustifolia), e tambem analisar o efeito dessas variaveis nas respectivas estruturas florestais.
Talking to the media after inaugurating tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling of Araucaria at the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) Head Office here on Monday, he said that Green Pakistan was a need of the hour and billions of trees would be planted across the province, particularly on industrial units premises, over the course of next five years.
Araucaria Generation was recently awarded a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CAMMESA to support the expansion and combined-cycle conversion of the San Pedro plant, adding an additional 120 MW to the current simple cycle's 103.5 MW.