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Common bream caught in the Volga River near Kashin, Russia

Bream (/ˈbrm/,[1] US also /ˈbrɪm/ [1][2]) are species of freshwater fish belonging to a variety of genera including Abramis[3][4] (e.g., A. brama, the common bream), Ballerus, Blicca, Brama, Chilotilapia, Etelis, Lepomis, Gymnocranius, Lethrinus, Nemipterus, Pharyngochromis, Rhabdosargus, Scolopsis, or Serranochromis.

Although species from all of these genera are called "bream", the term does not imply a degree of relatedness between them. 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.

Marine species[edit]

The term sea bream is sometimes used for fish of the family Sparidae including Acanthopagrus (Australia), Argyrops, gilt-head bream Sparus aurata (orata in Italy, dorada in Spain), black seabream Spondyliosoma cantharus and red seabream Pagrus or Pagellus species; or pomfrets (family Bramidae).

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  1. ^ a b "bream". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "bream". Oxford Dictionaries. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bream" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ "Bream". Britannica. Chicago, Illinois: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 15 January 2020.

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