frond

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

fronded, adjective
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frond (frɒnd)
 
n
1.  a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
2.  the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen
 
[C18: from Latin frōns]
 
'fronded
 
adj
 
'frondless
 
adj

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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)  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
Crickets are singing in the night outside, and the warm night air ruffles the
  fronds on a nearby palm tree.
Wispy and tall, the plant's fronds sway in the wind, adding movement to the
  garden.
Verdant foliage carpets the slope below, and on the valley floor, palm fronds
  dance in the warm breeze.
Place three of the fern fronds in the vase to a triangle.
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