Etymology
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frond (n.)

1785, from Latin frons (genitive frondis) "leafy branch, green bough, foliage." Adopted by Linnæus for the leaf-like organs of ferns, palms, etc., as a word distinct from folium. Later given a more precise meaning in botany.

updated on January 12, 2015

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Definitions of frond from WordNet

frond (n.)
compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad;
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