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Bream

[breem]
noun
  1. Julian (Alexander),born 1933, English guitarist and lutenist.
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bream1

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
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Word Origin

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

bream2

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

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

Bream

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

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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