bream

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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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. (UK) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
  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. See sea bream.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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.