from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fronds collectively.


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  • These nooks have all been taken possession of by fishermen, and their conically beehive-shaped huts always peep from under the frondage.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • We admire them for their beautifully compounded leaves, and their colors of red, orange, and russet that variegate our meadows in June, their garlands of verdure upon the rocky hills in winter, and the profusion of their frondage in the shady glens in summer.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • He flung himself down in the frondage, and the spice of it in his nostrils was as if he were feeding upon summer.

    The Altar Steps

  • Soft through the frondage the shades of the sunbeams melt,

    A Nympholept

  • Thus every limb, and branch, and twig, and every delicate, perennial frondage of fir and hemlock, gathered an ever-increasing adornment of clearest crystal.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life

  • Along this low rim its whitish opalescent waters mixed smoothly with the roots and over-hanging blades of the long grasses, with the cloistral arched frondage of the ferns, and with here and there a strayed spray of purple wild-pea.

    Earth's Enigmas A Volume of Stories

  • We came to the domed hall where the fountain played, and this was illumined by the same strange all - penetrating light I had previously noticed, -- the lovely radiance played on the spray of the fountain, making the delicate frondage of ferns and palms and the hues of flowers look like a dream of fairyland.

    The Life Everlasting; a reality of romance

  • Little green ferns grew thickly out of the stone crevices, and a minute runlet of water trickled slowly down from above, freshening the delicate frondage as it fell.


  • What a strange, unsightly thicket of rank verdure was here, thought Theos! ... it was as though Nature, grown tired of floral beauty, had, in a sudden malevolent mood, purposely torn and blurred the fair green frondage and twisted every bud awry!


  • Does it go on existing viewlessly, like the forces that shape spectres of frondage in the frost upon a window-pane?

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints


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  • The fronds (of a tree or plant) collectively. Sometimes improperly used as a synonym of foliage.

    I've never heard anyone use this, properly or im-.

    October 21, 2008