(Old English) braken, (Anglo-Saxon) bracce. See 2d Brake, noun
A brake or fern. Sir (Welsh) Scott.
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From Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin. Cognates include Danish bregne and Swedish bräken (“fern”).
bracken (usually uncountable, plural brackens) (uncountable, countable) Any of several coarse ferns, of genus Pteridium, that forms dense thickets; often poisonous to livestock. (uncountable) An area of countryside heavily populated by this fern.
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