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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Definitions for frondescence

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

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Citations for frondescence
... they continued their journey under the frondescence of the mountain forests. Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute, 2001
To these animals, the term zoophyte has been given, either from their resemblance to the frondescence of plants, or because they have been supposed to partake of the nature both of animals and vegetables, and thus to connect the two kingdoms of organic beings. , "Notes on the Month, by a Naturalist: November," The Visitor; or, Monthly Instructor, 1840
Origin of frondescence
Frondescence derives from the New Latin noun frondescentia, a derivative of 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.”