any of a genus (Araucaria) of the araucaria family of cone-bearing trees with flat, scalelike needles, native to the Southern Hemisphere and grown as ornamentals in other areas; esp., the monkey puzzle tree and the Norfolk Island pine
ModL < Sp Arauco: see Araucanian
designating a family (Araucariaceae) of unusual conifers found esp. in Chile, Australia, and S U.S.
Any of several evergreen coniferous trees of the genus Araucaria native to South America and Australia, having awl-shaped leaves and whorled branches and including the monkey puzzle and Norfolk lsland pine.
Origin: From Spanish Araucaria, (tree) of Arauco, a former province of south-central Chile