A compound leaf — that is, a leaf with many fine and deep divisions — is a frond, such as on ferns and palm trees.

Although commonly referring to the leafy part of a fern or palm, the noun frond can also refer to anything that has a similar shape to a palm frond or fern frond. If your bedhead is really bad, people may joke about your combing your fronds. In parts of the United States and Canada, you may eat the fronds of fiddlehead ferns, which are cooked and served as a vegetable.

Definitions of frond

n compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad

Type of:
foliage, leaf, leafage
the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.