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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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  • Here and there a gum-tree; half a dozen lofty Norfolk Island pines lifting their fronded arms skyward.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Presently there were mutual introductions across the fronded celery and the self-lubricating ripe olive.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • In the soft south wind the fronded palms across the river were bowing and nodding gracefully.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Here, or yonder, some brighter flare showed where the fire had run at one clear leap right to the fronded top of a fern-tree.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Lifting her head and shoulders above the fronded plants, she saw a dark, crouched shape approaching warily.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • What new islets raise their fronded palms in air within thought's musical domain?

  • fronded whitely by the sleet, the panes loomed out of the dark like an incandescent series of camera plates, bizarre and oriental.


    Leona Dalrymple
British Dictionary definitions for fronded


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 fronded



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

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fronded 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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