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Bream (?), n. [OE. breme, brem, F. breme, OF. bresme, of German origin; cf. OHG. brahsema, brahsina, OLG. bressemo, G. brassen. Cf. Brasse.]

1. Zool

A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.

2. Zool

An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes. See Pondfish.

3. Zool

A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See Sea Bream.


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Bream, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Breamed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Breaming.] [Cf. Broom, and G. ein schiff brennen.] Naut.

To clean, as a ship's bottom of adherent shells, seaweed, etc., by the application of fire and scraping.


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