- a large fern or brake, especially Pteridium aquilinum.
- a cluster or thicket of such ferns; an area overgrown with ferns and shrubs.
Origin of bracken
Related Words for brackenthicket, scrub, shrubbery, undergrowth, grove, cover, coppice, hedge, copse, dingle, sedge, underwood, brushwood, fern, gorse, bracken, spinney, chaparral, boscage
Examples from the Web for bracken
Historical Examples of bracken
I rung my bell, and desired Mr. Bracken might be sent to me.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service
Charles James Lever
I wiped it with a tuft of bracken, and I laughed with something of a bitterness.Gilian The Dreamer
Mr. Bracken did not take his hat and mutter that he would be back for dinner.
I thought I'd have to wait until Mrs. Bracken came home to let me out.
Mrs. Bracken slipped across the room and put her hand on his arm.
- 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
Word Origin and History for bracken
"coarse fern," early 14c., a northern England word from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish bregne, Swedish bräken "fern").