/brim, breem/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) bream, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) breams.1. any of various freshwater fishes of the genus Abramis, as A. brama, of Europe, with a compressed, deep body and silvery scales.2. any of various related and similar fishes.3. any of several porgies, as the sea bream, Archosargus rhomboidalis.4. any of several freshwater sunfishes of the genus Lepomis.[1350-1400; ME breme < AF; OF bresme, braisme < Old Low Franconian *brahsima; cf. OHG brahsema, D brasem]bream2/breem/, v.t. Naut.to clean (a ship's bottom) by applying burning furze, reeds, etc., to soften the pitch and loosen adherent matter.[1620-30; < MD brem(e) furze]
* * *European food and game fish (Abramis brama) of the carp family (Cyprinidae).Found in lakes and slow rivers, the bream lives in schools and eats worms, mollusks, and other small animals. Deep-bodied, with flat sides and a small head, it is silvery with a bluish or brown back. It is usually about 12–20 in. (30–50 cm) long and weighs up to 13 lbs (6 kg). Other species called bream include the silver bream (Blicca bjoorkna), the golden shiner, and the sea breams (family Sparidae).Bream (Abramis brama)W.S. PittEric Hosking
* * *▪ fish(Abramis brama), common European food and game fish of the carp family, Cyprinidae, found in lakes and slow rivers. The bream lives in schools and eats worms, mollusks, and other small animals. It is deep bodied, with flat sides and a small head, and is silvery with a bluish or brown back. Length is usually about 30–50 centimetres (12–20 inches), weight to 6 kilograms (13 pounds).The silver bream (Blicca bjoorkna) is a relatively unimportant European relative of the bream. Other fishes called bream include the golden shiner, a minnow, and the sea breams of the family Sparidae.
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