One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Genus Monstera, family Araceae: several species, including the Swiss cheese plant
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Modern Latin, perhaps from Latin monstrum ‘monster’ (because of the unusual appearance of the leaves in some species).
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