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bracken Syllabification: brack·en
Pronunciation: /ˈbrakən/

Definition of bracken in English:


1A tall fern with coarse lobed fronds that 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(Loosely) any large coarse fern resembling this.
Example sentences
  • Many ferns, such as false bracken, leather fern and Pteris cretica, are drought-tolerant once established.


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

Words that rhyme with bracken

blacken, slacken
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