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

Related Words for frond

needle, stalk, petal, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, bract, stipule, petiole, foliole

Examples from the Web for frond

Historical Examples of frond

  • Ant vat if you do not find your frond zee captain of zee steamer?

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The root is covered with woolly fibres, and the frond is regularly forked.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • Its frond is thin and membranous, with a well-defined midrib.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • The frond is flat, with a distinct midrib, and a non-serrated edge.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • Keep your glance on a frond of the fern just beyond him, and he will stay.

    The Gamekeeper at Home

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for frond



a large compound leaf, esp of a fern
the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen
Derived Formsfronded, adjectivefrondless, adjective

Word Origin for frond

C18: from Latin frōns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

frond in Science



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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