noun Botany.
an often large, finely divided leaf, especially as applied to the ferns and certain palms.
a leaflike expansion not differentiated into stem and foliage, as in lichens.

1745–55; < Latin frond- (stem of frōns) branch, bough, foliage

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World English Dictionary
frond (frɒnd)
1.  a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
2.  the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen
[C18: from Latin frōns]

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Word Origin & History

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)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
Serve chicken and vegetables topped with generous dollops of the fennel frond
For example, the formula to create the pattern for a tiny piece of a fern frond
  can be used to create the entire fern leaf.
The present specimen is a superlative palm frond specimen characteristic of
  this locality.
Garnish each bowl with a shrimp and a piece of fennel frond.
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