Definition of monkey-pot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌŋkɪˌpɒt/


  • 1The lidded woody capsule of any of several trees of the genus Lecythis (family Lecythidaceae), of tropical South America, which is used to trap monkeys; (more fully "monkey-pot tree") a tree of the genus Lecythis or the family Lecythidaceae.

  • 2A vessel used in tropical countries for cooling drinking water.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Balfour (1808–1884), botanist. From monkey + pot.