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[frond] /frɒnd/
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.
Origin of frond
1745-55; < Latin frond- (stem of frōns) branch, bough, foliage
Related forms
fronded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Serve chicken and vegetables topped with generous dollops of the fennel frond purée.
  • 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.
  • Common name refers to the chainlike pattern of spores beneath frond segments.
British Dictionary definitions for frond


a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
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 frond

1785, from Latin frons (genitive frondis) "leafy branch, green bough, foliage." Adopted by Linnæus in a sense distinct from folium.

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frond in Science
  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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