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