bêche-de-mer /ˌbɛʃdəˈmɛː/


I. noun

1. a large sea cucumber which is eaten as a delicacy in China and Japan.

Also called trepang.
2. ( Bêche-de-mer) [ mass noun] another term for Bislama.
– origin late 18th cent.: pseudo-French, alteration of Portuguese bicho do mar, literally ‘sea worm’.

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