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[mon-ster-uh] /ˈmɒn stər ə/
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 of monstera
< New Latin (1763), apparently irregular derivative of Latin mōnstrum monster; see -a2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monstera


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