Definition of monkey fiddle in English:

monkey fiddle


  • 1Caribbean Any of several shrubs of the tropical American genus Pedilanthus (family Euphorbiaceae), especially P. tithymaloides and P. bahamensis, the twigs of which produce a distinctive squeak when rubbed together.

  • 2The lebbek, Albizia lebbek, whose dry pods make a chattering noise in the wind.


Early 20th century.