Monkey Puzzle Tree


Monkey Puzzle Tree
   The Araucaria araucana was introduced from Chile in the late 18th century, and has since gathered a few traditions, although these are not very widely reported: 'It was an old Fenland belief that if a Monkey Puzzle tree was planted on the edge of a graveyard it would prove an obstacle to the Devil when he tried to hide in the branches to watch a burial. Many elderly Cambridgeshire people believe the tree is an unlucky one' (Porter, 1969: 63). Some children have also believed that you must stay silent as you passed one, or bad luck would surely follow. Vickery, 1995: 245-6; Opie and Tatem, 1989: 260.

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  • monkey puzzle tree — Monkey s puzzle Mon key s puz zle (Bot.) A lofty coniferous Chilian tree ({Araucaria araucana}, formerly {Araucaria imbricata}), the branches of which are so crowded and intertwisted as to puzzle a monkey to climb. It is also called {monkey… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • monkey puzzle tree — Evergreen ornamental and timber conifer (Araucaria araucana) of the family Araucariaceae, native to the Andes Mountains of South America. The tree may grow to 150 ft (45 m) in height and 5 ft (1.5 m) in diameter. The rigid, overlapping, needle… …   Universalium

  • monkey puzzle tree — noun see monkey puzzle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • monkey-puzzle tree — /ˈmʌŋki pʌzəl tri/ (say mungkee puzuhl tree) noun an evergreen tree, Araucaria araucana, native to Chile, with distinctive symmetrical branches and stiff, sharp edged, overlapping leaves; a living fossil. {from the idea that it would puzzle a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • monkey puzzle — Monkey s puzzle Mon key s puz zle (Bot.) A lofty coniferous Chilian tree ({Araucaria araucana}, formerly {Araucaria imbricata}), the branches of which are so crowded and intertwisted as to puzzle a monkey to climb. It is also called {monkey… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Monkey puzzle — may refer to: Araucaria araucana, the monkey puzzle tree, a species of conifer Rathinda amor, a species of butterfly Monkey Puzzle (band), an a cappella music group Monkey Puzzle (rock band), a New Zealand rock band The Monkey Puzzle (UFO album)… …   Wikipedia

  • monkey puzzle — noun large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts • Syn: ↑chile pine, ↑Araucaria araucana • Hypernyms: ↑araucaria * * * ˈmonkey puzzle 7 (also …   Useful english dictionary

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