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bracken

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrak(ə)n
 
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Definition of bracken in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A tall fern with coarse lobed fronds, which occurs worldwide and can cover large areas.
  • Pteridium aquilinum, family Dennstaedtiaceae (or Hypolepidaceae)
Example sentences
  • The other especially weedy fern is bracken, which also unusually for pteridophytes has vessels.
  • Penn Common is a rolling meadow of tall bracken, moss and the odd thicket of birch trees.
  • With Ian massaging his arm, John collecting handfuls of stones to throw at the snake and Tim stripping the leaflets from a frond of bracken, they made their way through the undergrowth to the small pond.
1.1 informal Any large coarse fern resembling bracken.
Example sentences
  • Many ferns, such as false bracken, leather fern and Pteris cretica, are drought-tolerant once established.

Origin

Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; related to Danish bregne, Swedish bräken.

Words that rhyme with bracken

blacken, slacken

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