From Middle English breme, from Old French breme, bresme, braisme, brasme (compare modern French brème), from Frankish *brahsma, *brahsima (compare Dutch brasem), from West Germanic *brahsmō (compare Old High German brahsma, brahsmo, brahsina, brehsina > modern German Brasse, Brachse (“bream”)), from Proto-Germanic *brahsmǭ, *brahsinō, *brahsmaz (“bream”), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *brehwanaz (“shining, glittery, sparkly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerek- (“to shine”) (see braid (verb)).
bream (plural bream or breams)
- A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
- (Britain) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
- An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Lepomis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
- A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.
fish of the genus Abramis
American freshwater fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera
marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera
Compare broom, and German brennen (as in ein Schiff brennen).
bream (third-person singular simple present breams, present participle breaming, simple past and past participle breamed)
- (nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.