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monstera

[ mon-ster-uh ]

noun

  1. 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.


monstera

/ mɒnˈstɪərə /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of monstera1

< New Latin (1763), apparently irregular derivative of Latin mōnstrum monster; -a 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of monstera1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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