bêche-de-mer

bêche-de-mer

[besh-duh-mair, beysh-]
noun, plural bêches-de-mer (especially collectively) bêche-de-mer for 1.
1.
a trepang.
2.
Often, Bêche-de-Mer. Neo-Melanesian.

Origin:
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 (ˌbɛʃdəˈmɛə)
 
n , pl bêches-de-mer, bêche-de-mer
1.  another name for trepang
2.  See Beach-la-Mar
 
[C19: quasi-French, from earlier English biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar worm of the sea]

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