[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fromentin,
  2. fromenty,
  3. fromm,
  4. fromm, erich,
  5. fromward,
  6. fronde,
  7. frondescence,
  8. frondeur,
  9. frondizi,
  10. frondizi, arturo

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

Examples from the Web for fronded

British Dictionary definitions for fronded


/ (frɒnd) /


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

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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

Science definitions for fronded


[ 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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