[ frond ]
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  1. an often large, finely divided leaf, especially as applied to the ferns and certain palms.

  2. 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

Other words from frond

  • fronded, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frond in a sentence

  • A very interesting way of studying Ferns is that of collecting the fronds of the species which the hunter may come across.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • If properly dried and pressed, it is possible to preserve the Fern fronds with a great deal of their natural colour.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
  • In a general way the fronds are best collected during the summer and autumn, when they will, of course, be well developed.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin

British Dictionary definitions for frond


/ (frɒnd) /

  1. a large compound leaf, esp of a fern

  2. the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen

Origin of frond

C18: from Latin frōns

Derived forms of frond

  • fronded, adjective
  • frondless, adjective

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Scientific definitions for frond


[ frŏnd ]

  1. A leaf of a fern or cycad, usually consisting of multiple leaflets.

  2. A large, fanlike leaf of a palm tree.

  1. A leaflike structure such as the thallus of a lichen or a seaweed.

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