Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sea cucumber of the genus Holothuria of the southern Pacific and Indian oceans, dried or smoked for use as an ingredient in soup, especially in China and Indonesia. Also called bêche-de-mer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Bêche-de-mer, sea cucumber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of large holothurians, some of which are dried and extensively used as food in China; -- called also bêche de mer, sea cucumber, and sea slug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of edible holothurian, as Holothuria edulis; a sea-slug, sea-cucumber, sea-pudding, or bêche-de-mer; also, such holothurians as a commercial product prepared for food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. of warm coasts from Australia to Asia; used as food especially by Chinese

Etymologies

Malay teripang.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay teripang. (Wiktionary)

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    October 17, 2008

  • He said he was a trader, and sold rice. He did not want to buy gutta-percha or beeswax, because he intended to employ his numerous crew in collecting trepang on the coral reefs outside the river, and also in seeking for bird's nests on the mainland.

    - Conrad, Almayer's Folly (1896), ch. 4

    October 17, 2008

  • sea cucumber.

    February 4, 2008