bronze bream, noun phrase

Any of three species of seabream of the Sparidae (especially Pachymetopon grande), so called from their colouring: a. The Hottentot (noun sense 2 a), P. aeneum. b. P. grande; blue fish sense 3 a; das sense 2 b; Hottentot noun sense 2 c; janbruin sense b; John Brown sense c. c. The John Brown (sense d), Polyamblyodon germanum. In all senses also called copper bream.
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), the name ‘bronze bream’ is used only for Pachymetopon grande.
1947 K.H. Barnard Pict. Guide to S. Afr. Fishes 157Bronze Bream, Natal Hottentot, Pachymetopon aeneum.
1971 Farmer’s Weekly 12 May 85When fishing for rockcod, galjoen, stumpnose, copper bream, bronze bream, or any fish which makes an immediate beeline for the rocks it is hard to better a medium outfit.
1989 Stanger Mail 4 Aug. 16One unusual species observed was a German fish (No 183.27 in Smith’s Sea Fishes) which weighed 1,7kg. According to Rudi van der Elst, this fish is perpetually and wrongly identified as a bronze or copper bream.
1993 R. Van der Elst Guide to Common Sea Fishes 355Pachymetopon grande...Bronze bream, a reference to its metallic colouration and to breme, an old French name for a similar freshwater fish.
The Hottentot (noun2 a), P. aeneum.
P. grande; blue fish3 a; das2 b; Hottentotnoun2 c; janbruinb; John Brownc.
The John Brown (d), Polyamblyodon germanum. In all senses also called copper bream.
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