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monkey puzzle

noun

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


monkey puzzle

noun

  1. a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family Araucariaceae Also calledChile pine


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Word History and Origins

Origin of monkey puzzle1

First recorded in 1865–70; perhaps from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs
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Word History and Origins

Origin of monkey puzzle1

so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them
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Example Sentences

A monkey puzzle rocket burst, spluttering in darting crackles.

Araucaria imbricata, the Chile pine, or “monkey puzzle,” was introduced into Britain in 1796.

"He's a sort of walking monkey-puzzle, I guess," said the voice, and a roguish laugh followed the words.

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