[ ar-aw-kair-ee-uh ]

  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

Other words from araucaria

  • ar·au·car·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use araucaria in a sentence

  • The boronia, with its powerful perfume, will be admired by the visitor; the Araucarias have here their home.

    Australian Pictures | Howard Willoughby
  • But there is one very ancient group of trees, the Araucarias or Monkey-puzzles, which are by no means uncommon even now.

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
  • It is laid down with matting and rugs, and standing here and there are flowering plants and two fine araucarias.

  • He stood for a whole minute in this attitude, among the big blue-green araucarias which stood around.

  • Dusky fir-trees, groups of Australian araucarias, and Japanese oak trees and chestnuts set off the brightness of the flower beds.

    Across the Equator | Thomas H. Reid

British Dictionary definitions for araucaria


/ (ˌærɔːˈkɛərɪə) /

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

Origin of araucaria

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

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