WORD ORIGIN 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 2 1620–30; < Middle Dutch brem(e) furze
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British Dictionary definitions for breaming bream 1 Australian brim ( 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 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 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 noun Julian ( Alexander). born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist
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Word Origin and History for breaming 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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