\ ˈfränd How to pronounce frond (audio) \

Definition of frond

1 : a large leaf (especially of a palm or fern) usually with many divisions
2 : a thallus or thalloid shoot (as of a lichen or seaweed) resembling a leaf

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fronded \ ˈfrän-​dəd How to pronounce fronded (audio) \ adjective

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Most prevalent is the antique floor lamp, lush and brassy with its parasol-like palm fronds. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018 Plop a jet-black feathery frond into a pot of orchids as seen here by Metaflora. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Can Halloween Home Decor Be Chic? These Items Make the Case," 26 Oct. 2018 On the island of Oahu, gusts rattled windows and roofs in Honolulu's hillside neighborhood of Nuuanu and scattered tree branches, palm fronds and at least one downed electrical line across roadways. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane weakens to tropical storm near Hawaii, but more damage expected," 25 Aug. 2018 The atmosphere was classic Palm Court: high ceilings and fronds. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 There are 24 vertical pods on the rooftop used to grow sage, lettuce, kale, fennel fronds, borage, arugula, mustard frills, mustard greens and more. Jenn Harris,, "When farm-to-table comes to your own front yard," 14 Mar. 2018 Coarsely chop enough fronds to make 2 tbsp. and set aside. Sunset, "Ian Recipe Example," 22 Jan. 2018 Through the fronds, guests glimpse the living room, where the Menils ignored Johnson’s wishes and hired fashion designer Charles James to provide the furniture—plumage of a different sort. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Leafy sea dragons, foot-long fish with flowy and fernlike fronds, typically lead what appears to be a very chill existence. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of frond

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frond

Latin frond-, frons foliage

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The first known use of frond was in 1785

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English Language Learners Definition of frond

: a large, long leaf


\ ˈfränd How to pronounce frond (audio) \

Kids Definition of frond

: a large leaf (as of a palm or fern) or leaflike structure (as of a seaweed) with many divisions

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