- 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
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Examples from the Web for frond
Ant vat if you do not find your frond zee captain of zee steamer?Blown to Bits
The root is covered with woolly fibres, and the frond is regularly forked.
Its frond is thin and membranous, with a well-defined midrib.
The frond is flat, with a distinct midrib, and a non-serrated edge.
Keep your glance on a frond of the fern just beyond him, and he will stay.The Gamekeeper at Home
- a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
- the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen
C18: from Latin frōns
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A leaf of a fern or cycad, usually consisting of multiple leaflets.
- A large, fanlike leaf of a palm tree.
- A leaflike structure such as the thallus of a lichen or a seaweed.
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