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[brim, breem] /brɪm, brim/
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
1350-1400; Middle English breme < Anglo-French; Old French bresme, braisme < Old Low Franconian *brahsima; compare Old High German brahsema, Dutch brasem

bream2

[breem] /brim/
verb (used with object), Nautical
1.
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] /brim/
noun
1.
Julian (Alexander) born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist.
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bream1

/briːm; Austral brɪm/
noun (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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter

bream2

/briːm/
verb
1.
(nautical) (formerly) to clean debris from (the bottom of a vessel) by heating to soften the pitch
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch bremme broom; from using burning broom as a source of heat

Bream

/briːm/
noun
1.
Julian (Alexander). born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist
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Word Origin and History for bream
n.

freshwater fish, late 14c., from Old French braisme "bream," from Frankish *brahsima, from West Germanic *brahsm- (cf. Old High German brahsima), perhaps from Proto-Germanic base *brehwan "to shine, glitter, sparkle," from PIE *bherek- (see braid (v.)).

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