from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The leaf of a fern.
  • n. A large compound leaf of a palm.
  • n. A leaflike thallus, as of a seaweed or lichen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The leaf of a fern, especially a compound leaf.
  • n. Any fern-like leaf or other object resembling a fern leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The organ formed by the combination or union into one body of stem and leaf, and often bearing the fructification; ; also, the peculiar leaf of a palm tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In bot.:
  • n. As used by Linnæus, a leaf, especially the leaf of a palm or fern.
  • n. 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. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad


Latin frōns, frond-, foliage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin frons ("leafy branch"). (Wiktionary)



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