- 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 fronded
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.
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.
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
- 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 fronded
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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