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Etymology 1[edit]

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)

  1. A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
  2. (Britain) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
    Synonym: carp bream
  3. An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Lepomis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
  4. A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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)

  1. (nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.