bracken

[ brak-uhn ]
/ ˈbræk ən /

noun

a large fern or brake, especially Pteridium aquilinum.
a cluster or thicket of such ferns; an area overgrown with ferns and shrubs.

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Origin of bracken

1275–1325; Middle English braken<Scandinavian; compare Swedish bräken fern, Norwegian brake juniper

OTHER WORDS FROM bracken

brackened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bracken

bracken
/ (ˈbrækən) /

noun

Also called: brake any of various large coarse ferns, esp Pteridium aquilinum, having large fronds with spore cases along the undersides and extensive underground stems
a clump of any of these ferns

Word Origin for bracken

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bräken, Danish bregne
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