Bream meaning

brēm, brĭm
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Any of various freshwater cyprinid fishes, especially Abramis brama of Eurasia, having a compressed silvery body.
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A similar fish, especially:
  • Any of various marine fishes of the family Sparidae, such as a porgy or a sea bream.
  • Any of various freshwater sunfishes of the family Centrarchidae, such as the bluegill.
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To clean (a wooden ship's hull) by applying heat to soften the pitch and then scraping.
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A European freshwater cyprinoid fish (Abramis brama)
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Any of various porgy fishes (family Sparidae)
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Any of a number of freshwater sunfishes, as the bluegill.
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(historical) To clean (a ship's bottom) by applying heat and then scraping.
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A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
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(UK) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
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An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
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A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.
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(nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.
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Origin of bream

  • Middle English breme from Old French of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle Dutch brem(e) furze, broom

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French braisme (compare French brème), from Frankish *brahsima (compare Dutch brasem).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare broom, and German brennen (as in ein Schiff brennen).

    From Wiktionary