bream

noun
\ ˈbrim How to pronounce bream (audio) , ˈbrēm How to pronounce bream (audio) \
plural bream or breams

Definition of bream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bronze-colored European freshwater cyprinid fish (Abramis brama) broadly : any of various related fishes
2a : 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

bream

verb
\ ˈbrēm How to pronounce bream (audio) \
breamed; breaming; breams

Definition of bream (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of bream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For over three hours we were served more than a dozen courses, including the platonic ideal of chorizo, sardines, prawns, razor clams, goose barnacles and a whole red bream. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 The Inner Passage winds through the Combahee River, a small blackwater tributary that is good for bream fishing. Imani Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 In this corner of Portugal, bass, bream, octopi, and delectable goose-neck barnacles thrive in the highly oxygenated intertidal zone where whitewater waves crash against the rocks. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2022 Archeologists also found animal remains that attest to the rich diet that the emperors and their acolytes would have enjoyed – oyster shells, sea urchins, and the bones of fish like tuna and bream, as well as mammals such as wild boar and cattle. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2021 Red bream is plated under a white truffle ponzu jelly; Scottish langoustine is dusted under English Bergamot. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The tasty bream typically are on the beds on the weeks of full and new moon in May, June and July across much of Alabama. Frank Sargeant, al, 2 June 2021 Dinners feature spicy Durban curry prepared with local bream and wines from a cellar stocked by the family's Bouchard Finlayson estate in South Africa. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 Pine Tree is also open to small game and waterfowl hunting, and several ponds and lakes across the property provide access for catfish and bream fishing. James Brandenburg, Outdoor Life, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bream

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bream

Noun

Middle English breme, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brahsima bream, Middle High German brehen to shine

Verb

probably from Dutch brem furze; from the use of burning furze in the cleaning

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“Bream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bream. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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