[ mon-ster-uh ]
/ ˈmɒn stər ə /


any of various tropical American climbing plants belonging to the genus Monstera, of the arum family, especially M. deliciosa, having split or perforated leaves and often grown as a houseplant.

Origin of monstera

< New Latin (1763), apparently irregular derivative of Latin mōnstrum monster; see -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monstera

  • The Monstera deliciosa, one of the grandest of arid plants, is a native of the mountainous regions of Guatamala and Brazil.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands|Gerrit Parmile Wilder

British Dictionary definitions for monstera

/ (mɒnˈstɪərə) /


any plant of the tropical climbing genus Monstera, some species of which are grown as greenhouse or pot plants for their unusual leathery perforated leaves: family Araceae. M. deliciosa is the Swiss cheese plant

Word Origin for monstera

New Latin, perhaps because the leaves were regarded as an aberration
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