[ mon-ster-uh ]
/ ˈmɒn stər ə /
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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.
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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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