Definition of bracken in English:

bracken

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrak(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A tall fern with coarse lobed fronds, which occurs worldwide and can cover large areas.
    • Pteridium aquilinum, family Dennstaedtiaceae (or Hypolepidaceae)
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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