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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]
References in classic literature ?
Then, ordering one of the well men to take a squad from the field- force and build a lean-to addition to the hospital, he continued along the run-way, administering medicine and cracking jokes in beche-de-mer English to cheer the sufferers.
Next, the captain turned to his many passengers and orated in beche-de-mer English.
Me walk about plenty too much," he replied in the beche-de-mer English of the west South Pacific.
He could see him yet, his queer little monkeyish face eloquent with fear, his back burdened with specimen cases, in his hands Bassett's butterfly net and naturalist's shot-gun, as he quavered, in Beche-de-mer English: "Me fella too much fright along bush.
Certainly he had found them without the almost universal beche-de-mer English of the west South Pacific.
The most important sea cucumber product, however, is the dried body wall which is marketed as beche-de-mer (Fig.
In late nineteenth century Torres Strait, 'passengers' were usually women at shore stations, mainly doing the noisome work of processing beche-de-mer (Holothuria), known in the jargon as 'fish'.
coastal fisheries that (i) can generate export earnings for the country, such as beche-de-mer (BDM) and/or (ii) support livelihoods, food security and dietary health.
coastal fisheries such as beche-de-mer (BDM) that (i) can generate export earnings for the country, and/or (ii) support livelihoods, food security and dietary health.
In the first-ever comprehensive survey of the archipelago's habitat, scientists recorded corals and fish, as well as seagrasses, Trochus shell, beche-de-mer (sea cucumber), whales and dolphins.
Other than the above shark fins, fish maws, beche-de-mer, cuttle fish & squid, sprats are also exports mostly to the Asian markets.