bêche-de-mer


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Bêche-de-Mer

 (bĕsh′də-mâr′)
n.

[From the commercial importance of bêche-de-mer, or trepang, in the areas of Melanesia where Bislama and related pidgins and creoles developed.]

bêche-de-mer

 (bĕsh′də-mâr′)
n. pl. bêches-de-mer (bĕsh′də-mâr′)

[French, alteration (influenced by bêche, grub) of biche-de-mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar : bicho, worm (from Late Latin bēstulus, diminutive of Latin bēstia, beast) + do, of the + mar, sea (from Latin mare; see mori- in Indo-European roots).]

bêche-de-mer

(ˌbɛʃdəˈmɛə)
n, pl bêches-de-mer (ˌbɛʃdəˈmɛə) or bêche-de-mer
1. (Animals) another name for trepang
2. (Languages) See Beach-la-Mar
[C19: quasi-French, from earlier English biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar worm of the sea]

bêche-de-mer

(ˌbɛʃ dəˈmɛər, ˌbeɪʃ-)

n., pl. bêch•es-de-mer, (esp. collectively) bêche-de-mer for 1.
1. a trepang.
2. Often, Bêche-de-Mer. Bislama.
[1805–15; erroneously for French biche de mer < Portuguese bicho do mar literally, animal of the sea]