monstera

monstera

[mon-ster-uh]
noun
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:
< Neo-Latin (1763), apparently irregular derivative of Latin mōnstrum monster; see -a2

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monstera (mɒnˈstɪərə)
 
n
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
 
[New Latin, perhaps because the leaves were regarded as an aberration]

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