\ 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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But planting the earth-friendly kelp fronds in the fall and plucking them in the spring is the easy part. Anchorage Daily News, "Shellfish and seaweed farms are a growing industry in Alaska," 27 Aug. 2019 Visitors to the zoo on Tuesday could see Chance swimming, his snout just above the water, around the palm fronds floating in a small pool in his own enclosure just inside the entrance to the park. John Biemer,, "‘That’s the alligator they caught in Chicago.’ Chance the Snapper’s reputation grows at new home in Florida.," 7 Aug. 2019 Thick slices of fish are arrayed like dominoes on the plate, topped with fronds of dill and dots of vegan mayonnaise, and served with pickled vegetables: the makings of a pastrami sandwich, except very much not. Globe Staff,, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019 Pick the fronds from the stems, and save them for later. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "This Tax Season Stromboli Recipe Is My Only Dependent," 9 Apr. 2018 All parts of the plant — fronds, base and seeds, are toxic if ingested. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Got a pet? Remove this plant from your yard now," 16 Aug. 2019 Garnish with butternut squash, fennel fronds, fresh basil, mint, and cilantro. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 Thin slices of the fennel bulbs add a refreshing, cooling crunch to each bite of warm lentils and the final sprinkling of fennel fronds delivers a summery aroma. Genevieve Ko,, "For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, try this vegan lentil salad recipe," 13 July 2019 Like the Ediacarans, these tiny animals shared several repeated, branched fronds with a fractal internal architecture. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Weird Prehistoric Plant Turns Out To Be Weird Prehistoric Animal," 8 Aug. 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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