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

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