noun \ˌa-ˌr-ˈka-rē-ə\

Definition of ARAUCARIA

:  any of a genus (Araucaria of the family Araucariaceae, the araucaria family) of South American or Australian coniferous trees that resemble pines and are often grown as ornamentals; especially :  monkey puzzle
ar·au·car·i·an \-ē-ən\ adjective


New Latin, from Arauco
First Known Use: 1806


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any pinelike coniferous plant (see conifer) of the genus Araucaria (family Araucariaceae). Found in South America, the Phoenix Islands, and Australia, araucaria trees are magnificent evergreens, with whorled branches and stiff, flattened, pointed leaves. Common species are the monkey puzzle tree and the Norfolk Island pine, often grown as a houseplant. Several species are cultivated on the Pacific coast of the U.S. and in southern Florida. See also pine.


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