from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widespread, often weedy fern (Pteridium aquilinum) having large, triangular, pinnately compound fronds and often forming dense thickets.
- n. An area overgrown with this fern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several coarse ferns, of genus Pteridium, that forms dense thickets; often poisonous to livestock
- n. An area of countryside heavily infested with this fern
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A brake or fern.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fern, especially the Pteris aquilina and other large ferns. See brake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
- n. fern of southeastern Asia; not hardy in cold temperate regions
Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin. Cognates include Danish bregne and Swedish bräken ("fern"). (Wiktionary)