from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as Rock tripe, under rock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vegetable substance sometimes eaten by hunters and arctic explorers when no better food is to be found.
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Franklin had eaten his shoes — and he'd eaten worse on that botched three-year journey, including tripe-de-roche, a disgusting gruel made from lichen scraped from rocks.
_tripe-de-roche_, a lichen or moss which grows on the most barren rocks, and is only used as food in the absence of all other provisions.
_tripe-de-roche_ (which resembles dried-up seaweed), have a sad meaning and melancholy appearance to the traveller who journeys through the wilds and solitudes of Rupert's Land.