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Any of various large sea cucumbers that are dried or smoked for use as an ingredient in soup, especially in China. Also called bêche-de-mer.

[Malay teripang.]


(Animals) 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
[C18: from Malay těripang]



any of various sea cucumbers, as Holothuria edulis, used as food in Asia.
[1775–85; < Malay təripaŋ]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trepang - of warm coasts from Australia to Asiatrepang - of warm coasts from Australia to Asia; used as food especially by Chinese
holothurian, sea cucumber - echinoderm having a flexible sausage-shaped body, tentacles surrounding the mouth and tube feet; free-living mud feeders
genus Holothuria, Holothuria - type genus of the Holothuridae
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US submarine took photos of strange sighting THE most compelling evidence came from US submarine USS Trepang, which was moving between Iceland and Jan Mayen Island in the Atlantic Ocean.
karaeng), the Makassarese believed that their claims to harvest trepang (beche-de-mer, Holothuria edulis) in nearby waters would be acknowledged.
2010 The history of Makassan trepang fishing and trade.
Andrish Saint-Clare and the Trepang Project: The "creative intermediary" in an indigenous-Asian theatrical production', Journal of Australian Studies 32-2:163-78.
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USS Trepang (AGSS 412) was designated a Naval Reserve Training submarine.
Trepang or sea cucumber was harvested purely for export to China and were known as cohombro, culebra del mar, or balate.
As a gourmet food item in the orient they form the basis of a multimillion- dollar industry that processes the body wall for sale as beche-de-mer or trepang.
How important was the trepang industry for early British observers like Flinders, who encountered it in its heyday in 1803?
17) In fact, Australian aborigines had long carried on trade with Macassans, who came from Sulawesi in modern Indonesia, and such Chinese ceramics most likely came from this trade, which included trepang and northern Australian timbers.
5 m) of a typical nineteenth-century Makassan perahu padawakang, the type of vessel that carried Indonesian fishers to Australia's far northern coast after trepang and tortoiseshell every summer monsoon for 300 years, until those seas were closed to them in 1906.