noun \ˈbrim, ˈbrēm\

: a kind of fish that people catch for food

plural bream or breams

Full Definition of BREAM

:  a bronze-colored European freshwater cyprinid fish (Abramis brama); broadly :  any of various related fishes
a :  any of various marine fish (family Sparidae) related to the porgy —called also sea bream
b :  any of various freshwater sunfishes (Lepomis and related genera); especially :  bluegill

Origin of BREAM

Middle English breme, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brahsima bream, Middle High German brehen to shine
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot


verb \ˈbrēm\

Definition of BREAM

transitive verb
:  to clean (a ship's bottom) by heating and scraping

Origin of BREAM

probably from Dutch brem furze; from the use of burning furze in the cleaning
First Known Use: 1626

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


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