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trepang

[trih-pang] /trɪˈpæŋ/
noun
1.
any of various holothurians or sea cucumbers, as Holothuria edulis, used as food in China.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Malay təripaŋ (spelling teripang) < an unidentified source
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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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trepang

/trɪˈpæŋ/
noun
1.
any of various large sea cucumbers of tropical Oriental seas, the body walls of which are used as food by the Japanese and Chinese Also called bêche-de-mer
Word Origin
C18: from Malay těripang
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Encyclopedia Article for trepang

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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