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Bream caught in the Volga River near Kashin, Russia

Bream (/ˈbrɪm/ (About this sound listen)[1][2] /ˈbrm/[2]) is a general term for a species of freshwater and marine fish belonging to a variety of genera including Abramis[3] (e.g., A. brama, the common bream), Acanthopagrus, Argyrops, Blicca, Brama, Chilotilapia, Etelis, Lepomis, Gymnocranius, Lethrinus, Nemipterus, Pharyngochromis, Rhabdosargus, or Scolopsis.

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.

The term sea bream is sometimes used for porgies (family Sparidae) or pomfrets (family Bramidae).

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  1. ^ "bream". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "bream". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bream". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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