monkey puzzle
noun Date: 1866 a tall araucaria (Araucaria araucana) that is native to Chile and western Argentina but widely grown elsewhere — called also monkey puzzle tree

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  • Monkey puzzle — may refer to: Araucaria araucana, the monkey puzzle tree, a species of conifer Rathinda amor, a species of butterfly Monkey Puzzle (band), an a cappella music group Monkey Puzzle (rock band), a New Zealand rock band The Monkey Puzzle (UFO album)… …   Wikipedia

  • monkey puzzle — Monkey s puzzle Mon key s puz zle (Bot.) A lofty coniferous Chilian tree ({Araucaria araucana}, formerly {Araucaria imbricata}), the branches of which are so crowded and intertwisted as to puzzle a monkey to climb. It is also called {monkey… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monkey puzzle — ► NOUN ▪ a coniferous tree with branches covered in spirals of tough spiny leaves …   English terms dictionary

  • monkey puzzle — n. any araucaria tree; esp., a tall tree (Araucaria araucana) with stiff pointed leaves, edible nuts, and hard wood, widely grown as an ornamental …   English World dictionary

  • monkey puzzle — noun large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts • Syn: ↑chile pine, ↑Araucaria araucana • Hypernyms: ↑araucaria * * * ˈmonkey puzzle 7 (also …   Useful english dictionary

  • monkey-puzzle — čilinė araukarija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Araukarijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis augalas (Araucaria araucana), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Araucaria araucana angl. Chile pine; Chilean pine; monkey puzzle;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • monkey-puzzle — araukarija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Araukarijinių (Araucariaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Araucaria). atitikmenys: lot. Araucaria angl. araucaria; monkey puzzle vok. Araukarie; Schmucktanne rus. араукария lenk. araukaria …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • monkey-puzzle — mon·key puz·zle (mŭngʹkē pŭz əl) n. A coniferous evergreen tree (Araucaria araucana) native to Chile, having intricately ramifying branches covered with overlapping, leathery, lanceolate, prickle tipped leaves.   [Perhaps from the obstacle its… …   Universalium

  • monkey puzzle — a South American, coniferous timber tree, Araucaria araucana, having candelabralike branches, stiff sharp leaves, and edible nuts. [1865 70; perh. from the intertwined arrangement of its limbs] * * * …   Universalium

  • monkey puzzle — n. Chilean evergreen tree that has intertwined branches with dark green spiny leaves and bears edible nuts …   English contemporary dictionary

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