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frond

  1. the megaphyllous ‘leaf of a fern, which may be subdivided into pinnae and pinnules.
  2. the thallus of a seaweed or a lichen.
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Going into the kitchen, I saw a dog's nose peering in through a break among the ruddy fronds. This greatly surprised me.
In the open parts there were many grass-trees, -- a plant which, in appearance, has some affinity with the palm; but, instead of being surmounted by a crown of noble fronds, it can boast merely of a tuft of very coarse grass-like leaves.
Slender purple grasses topped with red and yellow fern-like fronds grew rankly all about us to the height of several feet above my head.
The forest floor was a rosy carpet of autumn fronds. Occasional shafts of sunlight, penetrating the deep shade, warmed the somberness of the grove.
In the damper hollows the Mauritia palms threw out their graceful drooping fronds. We traveled entirely by compass, and once or twice there were differences of opinion between Challenger and the two Indians, when, to quote the Professor's indignant words, the whole party agreed to "trust the fallacious instincts of undeveloped savages rather than the highest product of modern European culture." That we were justified in doing so was shown upon the third day, when Challenger admitted that he recognized several landmarks of his former journey, and in one spot we actually came upon four fire-blackened stones, which must have marked a camping-place.
We were in the middle of a broad and now sluggish river the banks of which were lined by giant, arboraceous ferns, raising their mighty fronds fifty, one hundred, two hundred feet into the quiet air.
What I remember is that we observed the ancient traditions: held hands, danced in a circle, shook the Four Speciesmyrtle, citron, willow and palm frond. I remember the percussive green spine of the palm frond rising into the air, rattling, the citron bumpy and cool against my palm.
The Malaysian team had proposed a research concept titled Nano-Palm Frond Titania Fibre (PFTF) Membrane for Industrial Waste Water Treatment (Reduction of Methylene Blue Dye and Hexavalent Chromium).
After 12 days of cultivation, the number of reattached fronds was registered as a percentage based on the branches initially found and frond reattached to the substrate, for each life cycle phase and kind of substrate used.
The three dietary treatments were as follows: untreated oil palm frond (UOPF; T1), fungal treated oil palm frond (FTOPF; T2), and fungal treated oil palm frond with urea 1% (FTOPFU; T3).
The frond pile, where pruned fronds are placed, is an area with high carbon inputs, rich in decomposing organic matter.