- any of various holothurians or sea cucumbers, as Holothuria edulis, used as food in China.
Origin of trepang
1775–85; < Malay təripaŋ (spelling teripang) < an unidentified source
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Examples from the Web for trepang
The trepang is a sort of sea-slug, which is dried and used by the Chinese to make soup.Mark Seaworth
William H.G. Kingston
Thousands of junks are annually equipped for the Trepang fisheries.
The trepang is now placed upon hurdles and dried in the sun.
A small English company is engaged in the industry of trepang fishing.Germany's Vanishing Colonies
Gordon Le Sueur
Turtles, trepang and pearl-shell are of some commercial importance.
- any of various large sea cucumbers of tropical Oriental seas, the body walls of which are used as food by the Japanese and ChineseAlso called: bêche-de-mer
C18: from Malay těripang
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