any of various holothurians or sea cucumbers, as Holothuria edulis, used as food in China.

1775–85; < Malay təripaŋ (spelling teripang) < an unidentified source Unabridged
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trepang (trɪˈpæŋ)
Also called: bêche-de-mer any of various large sea cucumbers of tropical Oriental seas, the body walls of which are used as food by the Japanese and Chinese
[C18: from Malay těripang]

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boiled, dried, and smoked flesh of sea cucumbers (phylum Echinodermata) used to make soups. Most beche-de-mer comes from the southwestern Pacific, where the animals (any of a dozen species of the genera Holothuria, Stichopus, and Thelonota) are obtained on coral reefs. Beche-de-mer is consumed chiefly in China.

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The skin is cooked or boiled and then dried into a product known as trepang or beche de mer.
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