More about frondescence
Frondescence comes from a Latin verb meaning “to become leafy, put forth leaves,” which is based on the word for “branch, bough” that also gives us frond. An easily confused word is the Latin word frōns, meaning “forehead,” which is the source of front, frontage, and frontal. Frondescence was first recorded in English circa 1840.
EXAMPLE OF FRONDESCENCE USED IN A SENTENCE
When autumn sets in and the leaves shift colors, a rainbow of frondescence can be seen far and wide.
FUN FACT ABOUT FRONDESCENCE
Leaves already contain the yellow and orange pigments we see emerge in Fall. They are just hidden most of the year by the overwhelming green of chlorophyll. Learn more fun facts at the Museum of Science.