[ 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


frond·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frond

/ (frɒnd) /


a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen

Derived forms of frond

fronded, adjectivefrondless, adjective

Word Origin for frond

C18: from Latin frōns
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Science definitions for frond

[ frŏnd ]

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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