bêche-de-mer

[besh-duh-mair, beysh-]

Origin of bêche-de-mer

1805–15; erroneously for French biche de mer < Portuguese bicho do mar literally, animal of the sea; cf. Beach-la-Mar
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bêche-de-mer

noun plural bêches-de-mer (ˌbɛʃdəˈmɛə) or bêche-de-mer
  1. another name for trepang
  2. See Beach-la-Mar

Word Origin for bêche-de-mer

C19: quasi-French, from earlier English biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar worm of the sea
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