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[brok-uh n; German brawk-uh n]
  1. a mountain in N central Germany: the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. 3745 feet (1140 meters).
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Examples from the Web for brocken

Historical Examples

  • But we no more doubt his existence than that of the spectre of the Brocken.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847


  • The Brocken specter and the glory have occasionally been photographed.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

  • We had, in fact, the Spirit of the Brocken before us in perfection.

  • The Brocken is no merry Avalon, but a rendezvous for all that is weird and hideous.

  • A well-known example of this is the “Spectre of the Brocken.”

    Visual Illusions

    Matthew Luckiesh

British Dictionary definitions for brocken


  1. a mountain in central Germany: the highest peak of the Harz Mountains; important in German folklore. Height: 1142 m (3747 ft). The Brocken Bow or Brocken Spectre is an atmospheric phenomenon in which an observer, when the sun is low, may see his enlarged shadow against the clouds, often surrounded by coloured lights
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