- a trepang.
- Often Bêche-de-Mer. Neo-Melanesian.
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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Examples from the Web for beche-de-mer
We must fill the three schooners with copra and beche-de-mer.South Sea Tales
On the reefs of the Southern Ocean is found a kind of sea-slug termed the Beche-de-mer.
There were traders old and young, beche-de-mer fishermen, old beach-combers and blackbirders.Through the South Seas with Jack London
C19: quasi-French, from earlier English biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar worm of the sea
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