bracken

[ brak-uh n ]
/ 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.

Origin of bracken

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

Related forms

brack·ened, adjective
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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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