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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
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English braken < Scandinavian; compare Swedish bräken fern, Norwegian brake juniper
Related forms
brackened, adjective
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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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