• WordNet 3.6
    • n frond compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Frond frŏnd (Bot) The organ formed by the combination or union into one body of stem and leaf, and often bearing the fructification; as, the frond of a fern or of a lichen or seaweed; also, the peculiar leaf of a palm tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frond In bot.:
    • n frond As used by Linnæus, a leaf, especially the leaf of a palm or fern.
    • n frond Now, specifically, a leaf of a fern or other cryptogam, the thallus of a lichen, or any other leaf-like expansion which includes both stem and foliage, as the disk of Lemna.
    • n frond In zoology, the foliaceous or leaf-like expansion of certain animal organisms, as of various polyzoans and actinozoans, which resemble plants in the mode of growth of the polypstock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frond frond (bot.) a leaf-like expansion in many cryptogamous plants, organs in which the functions of stem and leaf are combined
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. frons, frondis, a leafy branch, foliage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. frons, frondis, a leaf.


In literature:

In this compost it grows very strong, the fronds attaining a deeper green and lasting longer than when grown in peat.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Phosphorescent flame-birds shot through the upper fronds like streaks of fire.
"The World with a Thousand Moons" by Edmond Hamilton
In this respect the heroines of the Revolution resemble those of the Fronde.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Nothing could be seen for an instant but the far-away curtain of branches and fern fronds.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
Some of the woodwardia fronds are already six feet high.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
As soon as the first signs of the Fronde broke out, Mme.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
Exquisite too are the Ferns, in their arching fronds, so richly cut in elegant tracery.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
Johnnie pushed boldly in, and Dick could see the big fronds shaking.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
It is easily recognized by its irregular, closely overlapping frond-like caps, white flesh, and the very small sulphur-yellow tubes.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Primroses patterned the turf, and already ferns were uncrumpling their fronds.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
The Fronde was and could have been but a failure, and Retz was a failure with it.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The fronds of some of these Carboniferous ferns are almost identical with those of living species.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Amaldi, who was stripping the fronds of a dead leaf that he had picked up, kept his eyes on it.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Fitzpatrick: The Great Conde and the Period of the Fronde.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
I took a look at it this morning, and found the young fronds pushing up as well as if they had never been disturbed.
"Bosom Friends" by Angela Brazil
Lifting her head and shoulders above the fronded plants, she saw a dark, crouched shape approaching warily.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
Wherever there is sufficient rainfall, the fine-fronded hemlock may be found tracing its lacelike outlines upon the atmosphere.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
No coral-reef breaks its ceaselessly-thundering rollers into surf, no palms wave their dark fronds in the blue.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
The flame did not merely burn these trees; the trees fairly exploded; their resinous fronds and tassels were like powder grains.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
My limbs contracted, my fronds curled up and turned dry and brown, and in a few weeks I was scarcely visible.
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles

In poetry:

Men have come to me;
By a grass frond sleeve
Should I be beckoned,
As a wanton
Would I not be known?
"Men have come to me" by Ise
Northly or Southly may I ride or walk
Beneath the glacial Crag or fronded Stalk,
But still the Spectre gibbers in my Ears
And drowns my Spirits in a Sea of Talk.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Let us dance beneath the palm
Moving in the moonlight, frond
Wooing frond above the calm
Of the ocean diamond
Sparkling to the sky beyond
The enchantment of our psalm.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
He calls me where the waters run
Through fronding ferns where wades the hern;
And, sparkling in the equal sun,
Song leans above her brimming urn,
And dreams the dreams that love shall learn.
"The Wind Of Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein
The lone ferns drip from every frond.
Green, round and polished lies the pond,
A mirror for the stooping moon.
Above, the fall is straight and white,
A comet in a sultry night,
Among the leaves of June.
"The Elfin Valley" by Mary Webb
What though the rose leaves fall? They still are sweet,
And have been lovely in their beauteous prime,
While the bare frond seems ever to repeat,
"For us no bud, no blossom, wakes to greet
The joyous flowering time!"
"The Rose And The Fern" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Yanking on the slick, chive-like fronds and unearthing a small globe of an onion introduced many of us to the magical processes that take place in the dirt.
2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, some fronds reserved.
Don't be fooled by the hoarse rustle of palm fronds or the gentle lapping of waves against the beach.
Left unforaged, they'd mature into tall, feathery fronds.
The Mother Hips hide in gentle palm fronds.
Budget constraints have left the city unable to afford to trim its trees in recent years and on windy days, the palm fronds whip around like scythes and collect on streets and lawns the way tumbleweeds used to in Colton and Rialto.
Tucked beneath a swaying palm frond is the well concealed nest of the hooded oriole.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Waving palm fronds, thousands of Christians from around the world celebrated Palm Sunday , walking the path they believe Jesus rode on his donkey as he entered Jerusalem days before his crucifixion.
The palm tree at the entrance to Carrollton's city-owned water park is a splendid specimen of the species Washingtonia Filifera, sturdy and tall with a gorgeous canopy of emerald fronds trailing wispy threads from their tips.
There is a white, powdery film on my sago palm fronds.
Photo/Mark Nathan Cohen "Palm Frond, Dominican Republic" by Mark Nathan Cohen.
1 large fennel bulb with fronds.
Trevor Taylor his way to winning the short Silver Frond part of the Silver Fern rally.
Each frond absorbs nutrients through the entire plant, not a central root system like a plant that grows in soil.
Wind blows palm fronds in Santa Monica.

In science:

The clock with which the information is encoded provides a time reference to all frond-end electronics.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN