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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 of bream2

1620–30; < Middle Dutch brem(e) furze
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Australian brim (brɪm)

noun plural bream or 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 or silver bream a similar cyprinid, Blicca bjoerkna
  3. short for sea bream
  4. Australian 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


  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


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Word Origin and History for breamed



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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