bêche-de-mer

noun
\ˌbesh-də-ˈmer, ˌbāsh-\

Definition of bêche-de-mer 

1 plural bêche-de-mer or bêches-de-mer\ˌbesh-də-ˈmer, 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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