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

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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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