One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen conifer of a genus that includes the monkey puzzle, having stiff sharp leaves.
Genus Araucaria, family Araucariaceae
- ‘Unlike other araucarias that have been investigated, many of the meristems in the orthotropic main stem will slowly develop into bud primordia beneath the bark in intact plants.’
- ‘The tree which was stolen was an araucaria, or monkey puzzle, which was planted in memory of Maurice by his family.’
Modern Latin, from Spanish Arauco, the name of a province of Araucania, Chile.
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