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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.]
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(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]
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any of various sea cucumbers, as Holothuria edulis, used as food in Asia.
[1775–85; < Malay təripaŋ]
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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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