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Related to frondescence: foliage, arboreal


Bearing, resembling, or having a profusion of leaves or fronds; leafy.

[Latin frondēscēns, frondēscent-, present participle of frondēscere, to become leafy, inchoative of frondēre, to put forth leaves, from frōns, frond-, foliage .]

fron·des′cence n.
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1. (Botany) rare the process or state of producing leaves
2. (Botany) a less common name for foliage
[C19: from New Latin frondēscentia, from Latin frondēscere to put forth leaves, from frōns foliage; see frond]
fronˈdescent, ˈfrondose, ˈfrondous adj
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(frɒnˈdɛs əns)

1. the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like.
2. leafage; foliage.
[1835–45; < New Latin frondēscentia, derivative of Latin frondēscent- s. of frondēscēns, present participle of frondēscere to become leafy]
fron•des′cent, adj.
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1. the process of growing leaves, as plants, trees, etc.
2. the period during which leaves are put out. — frondescent, adj.
See also: Leaves
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