or mon·key pot

[ muhng-kee-pot ]
/ ˈmʌŋ kiˌpɒt /


the woody, operculate seed vessel of any of certain large South American trees of the genus Lecythis.
the tree itself.
a cylindrical or barrel-shaped vessel used for cooling water.

Origin of monkeypot

First recorded in 1840–50; monkey + pot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for monkeypot

/ (ˈmʌŋkɪˌpɒt) /


any of various tropical trees of the genus Lecythis: family Lecythidaceae
the large urn-shaped pod of any of these trees, formerly used to catch monkeys by baiting it with sugar
a melting pot used in making flint glass
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