bream


bream
I. noun (plural bream or breams) Etymology: Middle English breme, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brahsima bream, Middle High German brehen to shine Date: 14th century 1. a bronze-colored European freshwater cyprinid fish (Abramis brama); broadly any of various related fishes 2. 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 II. transitive verb Etymology: probably from Dutch brem furze; from the use of burning furze in the cleaning Date: 1626 to clean (a ship's bottom) by heating and scraping

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.