Definition of monkey fiddle in English:

monkey fiddle

noun

  • 1Caribbean any of several shrubs of the tropical American genus Pedilanthus (family Euphorbiaceae), especially P. tithymaloides and P. bahamensis, the twigs of which produce a distinctive squeak when rubbed together.

  • 2The lebbek, Albizia lebbek, whose dry pods make a chattering noise in the wind.

Origin

Early 20th century.