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monkey puzzle



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

Word Origin

so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them

Example Sentences Including 'monkey puzzle'

Ironically, my erstwhile chum was shortly despatched by a local farmer in, of all things, a monkey puzzle tree.
Blashford-Snell, John Something Lost Behind the Ranges
Summerhill is set in established gardens of about one-third of an acre, with a monkey puzzle tree and a summerhouse.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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