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araucaria

[ar-aw-kair-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. any of several coniferous trees of the genus Araucaria, of warm regions.

Origin of araucaria

1825–35; < New Latin, named after Arauc(o) province in central Chile; see -aria
Related formsar·au·car·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for araucaria

Historical Examples

  • You ought to have a segoya here and over there an araucaria.

    A Virgin Heart

    Remy de Gourmont

  • Araucaria imbricata, the only hardy species, is a very singular tree.

  • Araucaria timber is said to be like good deal, but smoother and heavier.

  • Here and there gigantic, graceful pines (Araucaria excelsa) stood in stately groves.

    A Modern Buccaneer

    Rolf Boldrewood

  • Araucaria, a genus of trees of the coniferous or pine order, indigenous to Australasia and South America.


British Dictionary definitions for araucaria

araucaria

noun
  1. any tree of the coniferous genus Araucaria of South America, Australia, and Polynesia, such as the monkey puzzle and bunya-bunya

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin (arbor) Araucaria (tree) from Arauco, a province in Chile
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