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[brok-uh n; German brawk-uh n] /ˈbrɒk ən; German ˈbrɔk ən/
a mountain in N central Germany: the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. 3745 feet (1140 meters). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But we no more doubt his existence than that of the spectre of the Brocken.

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

  • The most famous place in Europe for witnessing the awe-inspiring phenomenon is the Brocken, in Germany—3740 feet in height.

    Meteorology J. G. M'Pherson
  • They stood before me like demons of the Brocken—yes, yes, of the Brocken!

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Here was an exactly similar apparition to the Specter of the Brocken.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • The scene set was the Brocken scene, and Conway stood at the top of the slope, as far away from Henry as he could get!

  • Do you never imagine that on a stormy night you hear the witches riding through the air, to hold their revels on the Brocken?

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • On asking her what she was boiling, she said, with a smiling and mysterious mien, "Wilt thou go with me to the Brocken?"

    Fiends, Ghosts, and Sprites John Nettin Radcliffe
  • We had, in fact, the Spirit of the Brocken before us in perfection.

  • You are a perspicacious observer, Mr. Brocken; and to be that is to be alive in a world of the moribund.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for Brocken


/German ˈbrɔkən/
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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