Monkey-puzzle meaning

mŭngkē-pŭzəl
A coniferous evergreen tree (Araucaria araucana) native to Chile and Argentina, having whorled branches covered with scalelike, overlapping, sharp-pointed leaves.
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Any araucaria tree; esp., a tall tree (Araucaria araucana) with stiff pointed leaves, edible nuts, and hard wood, widely grown as an ornamental.
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A large coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, native to Chile. [from 19th c.]
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Origin of monkey-puzzle

  • Perhaps from the obstacle its intertwined branches would pose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From monkey + puzzle, apparently because the branches are so crowded and twisted that even a monkey would find it difficult to climb.

    From Wiktionary