- a greenish-bronze deep-bodied freshwater fish native to Europe, popular with anglers.
used in names of other fishes resembling or related to this, e.g., sea bream.
Origin: late Middle English: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; related to German Brachsen, Brassen.
- clear (a ship or its bottom) of weeds, shells, or other accumulated matter by burning and scraping it.
Origin: late 15th cent.: probably of Low German origin and related to broom.
bream (plural noun)