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 and Etymology 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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