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
 The balate -- also known as "sea slug," "sea cucumber," "beche de mer," and commercially as "trepang" -- is a slug (_Holothuria edulis_) used as food in the Eastern Archipelago and in China, in which country it is regarded as a delicacy by the wealthy classes, and brings from seven to fifty cents a pound in the markets.
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The trepang is a sort of sea-slug, which is dried and used by the Chinese to make soup.
-- There are a few species of _Holothuria_, of which the trepang is the best known example.
_ -- There are a few species of _Holothuriæ_, of which the trepang is the best known example.
The Macassarese traded with local Indigenous people and fished for 'trepang' (commonly known as sea cucumber), which they sold as a delicacy on the lucrative Chinese market.
It seriously threatens important fishing stocks in the region, including shark, trepang, trochus and several fin-fish.
His name was Baderoon, and as he was unmarried and had been used to a roving life, having been several voyages to North Australia to catch trepang or “beche de mer”, I was in hopes of being able to keep him.
Termed also trepang, sea cucumber, sea slug, cotton spinner, and known scientifically as Holothuridae, no less than twenty varieties have been described and are identified by popular and technical titles.
Along the coasts of the large inhabited islands the Chinese travelled as traders or middlemen, at great personal risk of attack by individual robbers, bartering the goods of manufacturers for native produce, which chiefly consisted of sinamay cloth, shark-fin, balate (trepang), edible birds'-nests, gold in grain, and siguey-shells, for which there was a demand in Siam for use as money.
British, American, and German traders established themselves on shore, and vessels continued to arrive with European and American manufactures in exchange for coprah, trepang, ivory-nuts, tortoise-shell, etc.
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