sea cucumber

sea cucumber
Trepang Tre*pang", n. [Malay tr[=i]pang.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large holothurians, some of which are dried and extensively used as food in China; -- called also {b[^e]che de mer}, {sea cucumber}, and {sea slug}. [Written also {tripang}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The edible trepangs are mostly large species of {Holothuria}, especially {Holothuria edulis}. They are taken in vast quantities in the East Indies, where they are dried and smoked, and then shipped to China. They are used as an ingredient in certain kinds of soup. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sea cucumber — Sea cu cum*ber (Zo[ o]l.) Any large holothurian, especially one of those belonging to the genus {Pentacta}, or {Cucumaria}, as the common American and European species. ({P. frondosa}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea cucumber — n. HOLOTHURIAN …   English World dictionary

  • Sea cucumber — For the food product made from sea cucumber, see Sea cucumber (food). Sea cucumber A sea cucumber from the Mediterranean Sea Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • sea cucumber — any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, having a long, leathery body with tentacles around the anterior end. [1595 1605] * * * Any of 1,100 species of echinoderms constituting the class Holothurioidea, found in all oceans, mostly in shallow… …   Universalium

  • sea cucumber —   Loli (for various kinds, see loli and entries that follow it), weli, weliweli, ma ihole, kūnounou, hulali, hūlalilali, ūpalu, kūneuneu, unae, ka ukama kai. See ex. of word magic, iloli.    ♦ Catch the sea cucumber by mistake, a blind fish, hopu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • sea cucumber — sea′ cu cumber n. ivt any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, having a long, body and tentacles around the mouth • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea cucumber — n. marine invertebrate with a long body shaped like a cucumber …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sea-cucumber — n. Trepang, sea slug, sea pudding, bêche de mer …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sea cucumber — noun Date: 1841 any of a class (Holothurioidea) of echinoderms having a tough muscular elongate body with tentacles surrounding the mouth called also holothurian …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea cucumber — noun an echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, with an elongated body and leathery skin. Syn: trepang …   Wiktionary

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