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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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 Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The trepang is now placed upon hurdles and dried in the sun.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • A small English company is engaged in the industry of trepang fishing.

  • Turtles, trepang and pearl-shell are of some commercial importance.

British Dictionary definitions for trepang


  1. 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

Word Origin

C18: from Malay těripang
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