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frondescence

[fron-des-uh ns]
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noun
  1. the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like.
  2. leafage; foliage.

Origin of frondescence

1835–45; < New Latin frondēscentia, derivative of Latin frondēscent- (stem of frondēscēns) becoming leafy (present participle of frondēscere, derivative of frondēre to have leaves); see frond, -escence
Related formsfron·des·cent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for frondescence

Historical Examples

  • Among Umbelliferæ affected with frondescence of the pistil a similar increase in the number of ovules takes place.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Many of these cases, and others that might be cited, are probably instances of frondescence or phyllody (see p. 241).

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Generally speaking, the disunion is complicated with frondescence—but not always so.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for frondescence

frondescence

noun
  1. rare the process or state of producing leaves
  2. a less common name for foliage
Derived Formsfrondescent, frondose or frondous, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin frondēscentia, from Latin frondēscere to put forth leaves, from frōns foliage; see frond
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