[Alteration of Bêche-de-Mer.]
(Languages) an English-based creole language spoken in Vanuatu and Fiji, and formerly much more widespread. Also called: Biche-la-mar
[C19: quasi-French, from bêche-de-mer (trepang, this being a major trading commodity in the SW Pacific; hence the name was applied to the trading language)]
a pidgin based on English and used as a lingua franca in parts of W Oceania: an official language of Vanuatu.