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Grasshopper-head: a:antenna; b:ocelli; c:vertex; d:compound eye; e:occiput; f:gena; g:pleurostoma; h:mandible; i:labial palp; j:maxillary palps; k:maxilla; l:labrum; m:clypeus; n:frons


Latin frons ‎(front).



  1. (anatomy) In vertebrates, especially mammals, the forehead; the part of the cranium between the orbits and the vertex.
  2. (entomology) The front part of the epicranium or head capsule of many insects; generally speaking the frons is the area below or between the antennae and above the clypeus. Generally it lies between the genal or "cheek" areas on either side of the head.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Etymology 1[edit]

Frons (forehead) virī.

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰron-t- (compare Irish braine 'prow, edge', Old Norse brandr 'sword blade'), from *bʰren- 'project'. See below.



frōns f ‎(genitive frontis); third declension

  1. (anatomy) forehead
  2. brow, countenance (as an indicator of feelings)
  3. front, facade
  4. foremost part of anything
  5. cover (of a book or scroll)
  6. circumference (of a wheel)
  7. (figuratively) outside, exterior, appearance

Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative frōns frontēs
genitive frontis frontium
dative frontī frontibus
accusative frontem frontēs
ablative fronte frontibus
vocative frōns frontēs
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Etymology 2[edit]

frons (leafy branch)

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰron-d- (compare Old English brant 'steep', Latvian bruôds 'roof ridge'), from *bʰren- 'project'.



frons f ‎(genitive frondis); third declension

  1. leaves, foliage, a leafy branch
  2. (poetic) a garland of leaves
  3. foliage

Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative frons frondēs
genitive frondis frondium
dative frondī frondibus
accusative frondem frondēs
ablative fronde frondibus
vocative frons frondēs
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  • frons in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • frons in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • FRONS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • frons” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to frown: frontem contrahere (opp. explicare)
    • to beat one's brow: frontem ferire, percutere
    • one can see it in his face: in fronte alicuius inscriptum est
    • not to betray one's feelings by one's looks: sententiam fronte celare, tegere