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monkey puzzle

Definitions

noun

  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
Mr F DOWSON-CRAWCROOK Tyne and Wear A DON'T prune a monkey puzzle unless you have to.
Sun, News of the World (2004)
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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