from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The trepang.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The trepang, a species of the genus Holothuria (H. argus), or sea-slugs, much esteemed by the Chinese as a culinary delicacy. See trepang.
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Function precedes organ; and the need for a universal Melanesian lingo preceded beche de mer English.
Johnny's beche de mer English did not include the word "deserve."
So with the lingo of the Kroo-boys of Africa, the pigeon English of the Far East, and the beche de mer of the westerly portion of the South Seas.