- a South American, coniferous timber tree, Araucaria araucana, having candelabralike branches, stiff sharp leaves, and edible nuts.
Origin of monkey puzzle
First recorded in 1865–70; perhaps from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs
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- a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family AraucariaceaeAlso called: Chile pine
so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them