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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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  • The monstera deliciosa, one of the grandest of arid plants, is a native of the mountainous regions of Guatamala and Brazil.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder
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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