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monkey's puzzle


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A lofty coniferous Chilian tree (Araucaria araucana, formerly Araucaria imbricata), the branches of which are so crowded and intertwisted “as to puzzle a monkey to climb.” It is also called monkey puzzle and monkey puzzle tree. The edible nuts are over an inch long, and are called piñon by the Chilians.


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