Etymology
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bream (n.)

type of common European freshwater fish, late 14c., from Old French braisme "bream," from Frankish *brahsima, from West Germanic *brahsm- (compare Old High German brahsima), perhaps from Proto-Germanic base *brehwan "to shine, glitter, sparkle," from PIE *bherek- (see braid (v.)). Insipid and little esteemed as food. The name also was given to various similar fish in other places.

updated on August 01, 2017

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Definitions of bream from WordNet
1
bream (n.)
flesh of various freshwater fishes of North America or of Europe;
Synonyms: freshwater bream
bream (n.)
flesh of any of various saltwater fishes of the family Sparidae or the family Bramidae;
Synonyms: sea bream
bream (n.)
any of numerous marine percoid fishes especially (but not exclusively) of the family Sparidae;
Synonyms: sea bream
bream (n.)
any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis;
Synonyms: freshwater bream
2
bream (v.)
clean (a ship's bottom) with heat;
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