From Old French braisme (compare French brème), from Frankish *brahsima (compare Dutch brasem), from West Germanic *brahsm- (compare Old High German brahsima), perhaps from Proto-Germanic base *brehwan "to shine, glitter, sparkle," from PIE *bherek- (see braid (v.)).
bream (plural bream or breams)
- A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
- (Britain) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
- An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Lepomis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
- A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.
- (Abramis brama): carp bream
- (nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.