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[trih-pang] /trɪˈpæŋ/
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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  • The skin is cooked or boiled and then dried into a product known as trepang or beche de mer.
British Dictionary definitions for trepang


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
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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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