monkey puzzle

noun

Definition of monkey puzzle

: a tall araucaria (Araucaria araucana) that is native to Chile and western Argentina but widely grown elsewhere

called also monkey puzzle tree

Examples of monkey puzzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waking up brings a bedlam blue home in the outer, outer, outer, outer Excelsior, a land of monkey puzzle trees and coyote mint bushes blooming pointed pink flowers. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Feeling down? How you wake up makes a difference," 1 Sep. 2020 The best known is the Norfolk Island pine, sold as a houseplant, though another, the Chilean monkey puzzle tree, has been a botanical curiosity since the 19th century. Washington Post, "Meet the Wollemi pine, the ‘dinosaur tree’ brought back from the dead and threatened once again," 22 Jan. 2020 Almost: there is that wild-looking bunya-bunya (false monkey puzzle tree) in front of the historical museum. C.d. Wright, Harper's magazine, "Life’s a Beech," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of monkey puzzle

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Monkey puzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkey%20puzzle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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