noun (plural same)
- 1A greenish-bronze deep-bodied freshwater fish native to Europe.
More example sentences
- Abramis brama, family Cyprinidae
- Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm before putting the poison into the water.
- This holds some big roach, bream, tench, rudd and carp.
- The fish appear to be feeding hard again after the spawning season, and the other lakes in this area should also fish well, with roach, rudd, bream and some tench available to be caught.
- 1.1Used in names of other fishes resembling or related to the bream, e.g. sea bream, Ray’s bream.More example sentences
- After two hours all he's got is a tiddler bream and a silver trevally with poisonous spines.
- Shoals of saddled bream and horse mackerel loitered mid-water.
- I was heartened to also see good concentrations of dentex bream, the northern Mediterranean's equivalent of the barracuda.
late Middle English: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; related to German Brachsen, Brassen.
verb[with object] Nautical , • archaic
- Clear (a ship or its bottom) of weeds, shells, or other accumulated matter by burning and scraping it: bonfires of brushwood, lighted to bream the sharp-bowed craftMore example sentences
- After being woken at 3am by his young daughter he realised that a heavy frost had fallen and would make breaming futile.
- Ships being breamed at a careenage would have fires built under them to burn off marine growth and faggots of reeds would be in demand for the purpose and might well have been sent down river in boat load quantities.
- She was then breamed, scraped, caulked, payed, sheathed and coppered in record time.
late 15th century: probably of Low German origin and related to broom.