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  • n. Plural form of bracken.


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  • The wind-flowers have come up trembling, slowly the brackens are up-lifting their curvaceous and pale bodies.

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  • So it came to pass that those bright autumn Saturday afternoons were spent by Etta and her girls in the woods, where, with the aid of such boys as could get away from their work, a store of scarlet, golden, and variegated autumn leaves was laid in, with late ferns and hardy brackens, curious bits of moss, seed-vessels, and dried grass being added to the store.

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  • "Come to the Linn and I'll show you the place, then," said Gilian, and he led her among the grasses, among the tall commanding brackens, upon the old moss that gave no whisper to the footfall, so that, for the nymphs among the trees, the pair of them might be comrades too, immortal.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • Then when brackens are changed, and heather blooms are faded,

    Queen Victoria

  • He was just fixing upon Cumberland when a sharp whistle smote on his ear, and three figures rising forth of some brackens were instantly upon him.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • A reward of £30,000 was set upon his head, his enemies dogged his footsteps like bloodhounds, and often he was so hard pressed by the troops that he had to take refuge in caves and barns, and sometimes was compelled to avoid all shelter but that afforded him by the forests and brackens on the bleak hillsides.

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • The ethereal beauty of the asters in the moonlight, the glimmer of the little spring, the soft croon of the brook, the wavering grace of the brackens all wove a white magic round John Meredith.

    Rainbow Valley

  • I found shelter below an overhanging rock in the crook of a burn, where a drift of dead brackens made a tolerable bed.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • The third road wound along a hillside, and the banks above it and below it were covered with beautiful brackens, and their delicate fronds rose high on either side, so high, indeed, that they would shelter the wayfarer from the burning heat of the noonday sun.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads

  • We will trek over these mountains, and through the cork woods and brackens in the glens, live on figs and

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