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bracken

[brak-uh n] /ˈbræk ən/
noun
1.
a large fern or brake, especially Pteridium aquilinum.
2.
a cluster or thicket of such ferns; an area overgrown with ferns and shrubs.
Origin of bracken
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English braken < Scandinavian; compare Swedish bräken fern, Norwegian brake juniper
Related forms
brackened, adjective
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  • Trevena has written the books of furze and heather and granite and bracken, which outlast time on the hills of Dartmoor.

    By Violence John Trevena
  • I wiped it with a tuft of bracken, and I laughed with something of a bitterness.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • If he objects to Harriet Mr. bracken will tell him quite plainly what he thinks.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • When I've heat enough for ol' Mrs. Johnson it's too hot for Mrs. bracken.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • The man in the bracken cast one look at the stars, then crossed himself and crept out into the moonlight.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • I put her on the shelf in Mrs. bracken's kitchen and she—she disappeared!

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • At the village end, I come into a lane, which winds upwards between grassy slopes, to turf and bracken and woods of noble beech.

  • Mr. bracken did not take his hat and mutter that he would be back for dinner.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • For they were passing a little gully deep in bracken, up which the blast was tearing its tempestuous way.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Oh, Mrs. bracken, how could any man with a heart steal a child's pet bird!

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
British Dictionary definitions for bracken

bracken

/ˈbrækən/
noun
1.
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
2.
a clump of any of these ferns
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bräken, Danish bregne
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Word Origin and History for bracken
n.

"coarse fern," early 14c., a northern England word from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish bregne, Swedish bräken "fern").

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