Definition of monstera in English:

monstera

noun

  • A large tropical American climbing plant of the arum family, which typically has divided or perforated leaves and corky aerial roots. Several kinds are cultivated as indoor plants when young.

    • ‘Her last design, a tall stand, displayed large palm leaves and monstera leaves.’
    • ‘The nursery is currently being used to produce ornamentals such as plumeria, monstera, and dracaena.’
    • ‘Finally, a large urn containing a tall piece of dried contorted hazel was surrounded by monstera leaves, asparagus fern, Scots pine, palm leaves and larch branches.’
    • ‘I open the window of my study and see the Painted bat, roosting in the foliage of the monstera creeper, is already asleep after a night's wandering, covering its body with its bright red and black wings.’

Origin

Modern Latin, perhaps from Latin monstrum ‘monster’ (because of the unusual appearance of the leaves in some species).

Pronunciation

monstera

/mɒnˈstɪərə/