[ fron-des-uhns ]
/ frɒnˈdɛs əns /


the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like.
leafage; foliage.



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Origin of frondescence

First recorded in 1835–45; <New Latin frondescentia, derivative of Latin frondescent-, the present participle stem of frondescēns “becoming leafy,” from the inchoative verb frondescere “to become leafy, put forth leaves,” a derivative of frondēre “to have leaves” + -ia -ia; see frond, -escence

OTHER WORDS FROM frondescence

fron·des·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for frondescence

  • Many of these cases, and others that might be cited, are probably instances of frondescence or phyllody (see p. 241).

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • Generally speaking, the disunion is complicated with frondescence—but not always so.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • Among Umbelliferæ affected with frondescence of the pistil a similar increase in the number of ovules takes place.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for frondescence

/ (frɒnˈdɛsəns) /


rare the process or state of producing leaves
a less common name for foliage

Derived forms of frondescence

frondescent, frondose or frondous, adjective

Word Origin for frondescence

C19: from New Latin frondēscentia, from Latin frondēscere to put forth leaves, from frōns foliage; see frond
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