noun \ˈbra-kən\

: a large plant that grows commonly in many places around the world : a large kind of fern

Full Definition of BRACKEN

:  a large coarse fern; especially :  a nearly cosmopolitan brake (Pteridium aquilinum) found in most tropical and temperate regions
:  a growth of brakes

Origin of BRACKEN

Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish brækne fern
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BRACKEN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

fern of the genus Pteridium, represented by a single species (P. aquilinum). Twelve varieties are found throughout the world in temperate and tropical regions. It is a noxious weed, with a perennial black rootstock that creeps extensively underground. At intervals along the rootstock, the plant sends up fronds that may reach a height of 15 ft (5 m) or more. Though they die in autumn, the fronds often remain standing throughout winter, affording cover for wildlife in some areas. The fronds are used for thatching and as fodder.

Variants of BRACKEN

bracken or brake


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