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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An individual plant (tree) of the genus Araucaria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of tall conifers of the pine family. The species are confined mostly to South America and Australia. The wood cells differ from those of other in having the dots in their lateral surfaces in two or three rows, and the dots of contiguous rows alternating. The seeds are edible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Coniferœ, the representative of the pine in the southern hemisphere, found in South America, Australia, and some of the islands of the Pacific.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several tall South American or Australian trees with large cones and edible seeds

Etymologies

From Spanish Araucaria, (tree) of Arauco, a former province of south-central Chile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the Chilean province of Arauco. (Wiktionary)

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