from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lingua franca based on Malay and English, spoken in the southwest Pacific, especially in the Papua New Guinea area. Also called Beach-la-Mar, Bêche-de-Mer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A creole spoken on the South Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu, derived from Indo-European and Malay languages.
Pidgin or native variant of Bêche-de-Mer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A loanword from the Bislama language, from French bêche de mer “sea cucumber”. In the mid-nineteenth century, sea cucumbers were harvested and dried at the same time that sandalwood was gathered. The name came to be associated with the kind of pidgin speech that was used by the local laborers between themselves, as well as their English-speaking overseers. (Wiktionary)