monkey-puzzle

monkey puzzle

noun
a South American, coniferous timber tree, Araucaria araucana, having candelabralike branches, stiff sharp leaves, and edible nuts.

Origin:
1865–70; perhaps from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs

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monkey puzzle
 
n
Also called: Chile pine a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family Araucariaceae
 
[so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them]

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