bêche-de-mer


bêche–de–mer

noun \ˌbesh-də-ˈmer, ˌbāsh-\

Definition of BÊCHE-DE-MER

1
plural bêche–de–mer or bêches–de–mer \ˌbesh-də-, ˌbe-shəz-, ˌbāsh-\ :  trepang
2
capitalized B&M :  any of several English-based pidgins spoken on islands of the western Pacific

Origin of BÊCHE-DE-MER

French, alteration of biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar, literally, sea worm
First Known Use: 1783

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