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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 ?
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.
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.
Among other things he learned beche-de-mer English, with which he could talk with all white men, and with all recruits who otherwise would have talked in a thousand different dialects.
Next, the captain turned to his many passengers and orated in beche-de-mer English.
In the Torres Strait, ABF officers on board ABFC Roebuck Bay located a vessel with 10 crew members on board, with a substantial catch of about 250kg of beche-de-mer (sea cucumber).
The potential for high value fisheries such as Beche-de-mer (Sea Cucumber) has attracted overseas investor interest including Maldivian private sector, to set up in Mannar.
12) Others, including McCalman and Bowen and Bowen, have highlighted the importance of various Reef-based industries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as pearling, beche-de-mer harvesting, oyster farming, turtle canning, limestone and guano mining, dugong hunting and big game fishing.
featuring delicacies like Stewed fresh abalone with Beche-de-Mer and black mushrooms and Cambodia noodles with shredded duck, black mushrooms and preserved vegetables in soup, utilising only the freshest produce and time-tested cooking techniques.
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'.