bracken

noun brack·en \ ˈbra-kən \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of bracken

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

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Origin and Etymology of bracken

Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish brækne fern


BRACKEN Defined for English Language Learners

bracken

noun

Definition of bracken for English Language Learners

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


BRACKEN Defined for Kids

bracken

noun brack·en \ ˈbra-kən \

Definition of bracken for Students

: a large branching fern


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