- any of a genus (Pteridium, family Polypodiaceae) of large, coarse, weedy ferns, occurring in meadows, woods, and esp. wastelands: very closely related to the brake ferns
- a growth of such ferns
Origin of brackenMiddle English braken ; from Old Norse an unverified form brakni from source Danish bregne
- A fern (Pteridium aquilinum) found worldwide, with large, triangular fronds usually divided into three parts.
- An area with dense thickets of this fern.
Origin of brackenMiddle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- A surname.