From Middle English breme, from Old French breme, bresme, braisme, brasme (whence French brème), from Frankish *brahsma, *brahsima (whence Dutch brasem), from Proto-West Germanic *brahsmō (whence Old High German brahsma, brahsmo, brahsina, brehsina (whence German Brasse, Brachse (“bream”))), from Proto-Germanic *brahsmǭ, *brahsinō, *brahsmaz (“bream”), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *brehwanaz (“shining, glittery, sparkly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerek- (“to shine”) (see braid (verb)).
The common bream, Abramis brama
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.
- Synonym: carp bream
- 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.
fish of the genus Abramis
Asian species, Megalobrama terminalis
American freshwater fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera
marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera
Compare broom, and German brennen (as in ein Schiff brennen).
bream (third-person singular simple present breams, present participle breaming, simple past and past participle breamed)
- (nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.