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
My childhood passed on foot and outdoors, in bracken and on pebbly beaches.
You crouch with the wild-birds in bracken and ling,
It was snowing so fast that she feared that the way to the peat stack would be blocked up, and therefore her next work was, with the help of the two boys, to pull down as much fuel as would last for a week, and carry it indoors; and she examined the potatoes laid up in bracken leaves, but fancying that if she brought them in, the warmth of the cottage would spoil them, she only took enough for a single meal.
A well-known writer, who lives where ferns abound, says that the bracken is the fern of ferns in the British Islands.
The undergrowth was gorgeous: bramble, elder, honeysuckle, briony, rowan, and alder vied with one another in the vividness of their crimson and orange, while the bracken was a sea of pale gold.
Not one of them knew which portion of the bracken was to be his own.
In some areas, the land has become degraded to the point where crops cannot be planted, and it becomes secondary grassland or is simply invaded by weeds, such as bracken (Pteridium).
Ferns from the wild such as bracken can be used or house plant species such as the bird's nest fern are also suitable.www. lifeunearthed.co.uk
In high summer, grappling fronds of bracken grow to chest-height, encroaching on rich grassland like an invading army.
She was, in a sense, what she seemed: a dead log embedded in dead bracken.