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bream

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

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

Other definitions for bream (2 of 3)

bream2
[ breem ]
/ brim /

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 of bream

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1620–30; <Middle Dutch brem(e) furze

Other definitions for bream (3 of 3)

Bream
[ breem ]
/ brim /

noun
Julian (Alexander), 1933–2020, English guitarist and lutenist.
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British Dictionary definitions for bream (1 of 3)

bream1

Australian brim (brɪm)

/ (briːm, Austral brɪm) /

noun plural bream or brim
any of several Eurasian freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Abramis, esp A. brama, having a deep compressed body covered with silvery scales
white bream or silver bream a similar cyprinid, Blicca bjoerkna
short for sea bream
Australian any of various marine fishes

Word Origin for bream

C14: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brahsema; perhaps related to brehan to glitter

British Dictionary definitions for bream (2 of 3)

bream2
/ (briːm) /

verb
nautical (formerly) to clean debris from (the bottom of a vessel) by heating to soften the pitch

Word Origin for bream

C15: probably from Middle Dutch bremme broom; from using burning broom as a source of heat

British Dictionary definitions for bream (3 of 3)

Bream
/ (briːm) /

noun
Julian (Alexander). born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist
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