Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In bot.:
  • noun As used by Linnæus, a leaf, especially the leaf of a palm or fern.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad

Etymologies

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

[Latin frōns, frond-, foliage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin frons ("leafy branch").

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