bêche-de-mer

noun
\ ˌbesh-də-ˈmer How to pronounce bêche-de-mer (audio) , ˌbāsh-\

Definition of bêche-de-mer

1 plural bêche-de-mer or bêches-de-mer\ ˌbesh-​də-​ˈmer How to pronounce bêches-de-mer (audio) , ˌbe-​shəz-​ , ˌbāsh-​ \ : trepang
2 capitalized B&M : any of several English-based pidgins spoken on islands of the western Pacific

First Known Use of bêche-de-mer

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bêche-de-mer

French, alteration of biche de mer, from Portuguese bicho do mar, literally, sea worm

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“Bêche-de-mer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/b%C3%AAche-de-mer. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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