monkey puzzle


noun

a South American, coniferous timber tree, Araucaria araucana, having candelabralike branches, stiff sharp leaves, and edible nuts.

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Origin of monkey puzzle

First recorded in 1865–70; perhaps from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs
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British Dictionary definitions for monkey puzzle

monkey puzzle

noun

a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family AraucariaceaeAlso called: Chile pine

Word Origin for monkey puzzle

so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them
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