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frond

[frond] /frɒnd/
noun, Botany
1.
an often large, finely divided leaf, especially as applied to the ferns and certain palms.
2.
a leaflike expansion not differentiated into stem and foliage, as in lichens.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin frond- (stem of frōns) branch, bough, foliage
Related forms
fronded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fronds'

frond

/frɒnd/
noun
1.
a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
2.
the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen
Derived Forms
fronded, adjective
frondless, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin frōns
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Word Origin and History for fronds'
frond
1785, from L. frons (gen. frondis) "leaf, leafy branch, foliage." Adopted by Linnæus in a sense distinct from folium.
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frond
  (frŏnd)   
  1. A leaf of a fern or cycad, usually consisting of multiple leaflets.

  2. A large, fanlike leaf of a palm tree.

  3. A leaflike structure such as the thallus of a lichen or a seaweed.


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