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bream

Noun

1 flesh of various freshwater fishes of North America or of Europe [syn: freshwater bream]
2 flesh of any of various saltwater fishes of the family Sparidae or the family Bramidae [syn: sea bream]
3 any of numerous marine percoid fishes especially (but not exclusively) of the family Sparidae [syn: sea bream]
4 any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis [syn: freshwater bream] v : clean (a ship's bottom) with heat

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Noun

bream (plural bream or breams)
  1. A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
  2. An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
  3. A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.

Translations

A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis
An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera
A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera

Extensive Definition

Bream is a general term for a number of species of freshwater and marine fish, mainly, but not exhaustively, drawn from the genera Abramis (e.g. A. brama, the carp bream); Acanthopagrus; Argyrops; Blicca; Brama; Etelis; Lepomis; Gymnocranius; Lethrinus; Nemipterus; Rhabdosargus and Scolopsis.
Although species from all of these genera are called "bream", the term does not imply a degree of relatedness between these species. Fish termed "bream" tend to be narrow, deep bodied species. The name is a derivation of the Middle English word breme, of Old French origin.
The term sea bream is sometimes used for porgies (family Sparidae) or pomfrets (family Bramidae).
bream in Russian: Лещ
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