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

Examples from the Web for fronded

Historical Examples of 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.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • 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.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fronded



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

fronded 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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