bream

bream

1 [brim, breem]
noun, plural (especially collectively) bream (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) breams.
1.
any of various freshwater fishes of the genus Abramis, as A. brama, of Europe, with a compressed, deep body and silvery scales.
2.
any of various related and similar fishes.
3.
any of several porgies, as the sea bream, Archosargus rhomboidalis.
4.
any of several freshwater sunfishes of the genus Lepomis.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English breme < Anglo-French; Old French bresme, braisme < Old Low Franconian *brahsima; compare Old High German brahsema, Dutch brasem

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bream

2 [breem]
verb (used with object) Nautical.
to clean (a ship's bottom) by applying burning furze, reeds, etc., to soften the pitch and loosen adherent matter.

Origin:
1620–30; < Middle Dutch brem(e) furze

Bream

[breem]
noun
Julian (Alexander) born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist.
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bream or (Austral) brim1 (briːm, brɪm)
 
n , pl bream, brim
1.  any of several Eurasian freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Abramis, esp A. brama, having a deep compressed body covered with silvery scales
2.  white bream, silver bream a similar cyprinid, Blicca bjoerkna
3.  short for sea bream
4.  (Austral) any of various marine fishes
 
[C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter]
 
brim or (Austral) brim1
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter]

bream2 (briːm)
 
vb
nautical (formerly) to clean debris from (the bottom of a vessel) by heating to soften the pitch
 
[C15: probably from Middle Dutch bremme broom; from using burning broom as a source of heat]

Bream (briːm)
 
n
Julian (Alexander). born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist

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bream
freshwater fish, late 14c., from O.Fr. braisme "bream," from Frank. *brahsima, from W.Gmc. *brahsm- (cf. O.H.G. brahsima), perhaps from P.Gmc. base *brehwan "to shine, glitter, sparkle," from PIE *bherek- (see braid).
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