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monkey-rope, noun

Origin:
English, South African DutchShow more Etymology dubious: either transferred use of English nautical term monkey-rope a safety-rope used by sailors; or translation and adaptation of South African Dutch baviaanstou, baviaanstouw ‘baboon’s rope’, either referring to the supposed use of these lianas by baboons, or with the meaning ‘worthless (or spurious) rope’.
Any of a number of liana-forming species of climbing plants of the Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Convolvulaceae, Hippocrateaceae, Leguminosae, Rhamnaceae, Rubiaceae, and Vitaceae; the tough, pliant stem of any of these plants; baviaan’s touw; bobbejaanstou, see bobbejaan sense 2; bush tou, see tou sense 2. See also Dawidjies sense b, klimop sense 2. Also attributive.
Note:
Cynanchum africanum of the Asclepiadaceae was probably the first species to be given this name.
[1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 188This plant is here called Pavia-nentau (monkey’s cord), and was running about in every direction all over the forest.]
1989 B. Courtenay Power of One 155Monkey rope strung from tall trees draped with club moss.
Any of a number of liana-forming species of climbing plants of the Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Convolvulaceae, Hippocrateaceae, Leguminosae, Rhamnaceae, Rubiaceae, and Vitaceae; the tough, pliant stem of any of these plants; baviaan’s touw; bobbejaanstou, see bobbejaan2; bush tou, see tou2.

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