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bêche–de–mer

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noun \ˌbesh-də-ˈmer, ˌbāsh-\

Definition of bêche–de–mer

  1. 1 plural bêche–de–mer or bêches–de–mer \ˌbesh-də-, ˌbe-shəz-, ˌbāsh-\ :  trepang

  2. 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

Rhymes with bêche–de–mer


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