• WordNet 3.6
    • n trepang of warm coasts from Australia to Asia; used as food especially by Chinese
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trepang (Zoöl) 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.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trepang 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. Trepang is found chiefly on coral reefs in the Eastern seas, and is highly esteemed for food in China, where it is imported in large quantities. The animal is repulsive, somewhat resembling a stout worm in shape, but having rows of processes on its body, and others radiated about the mouth. It varies in length from 6 to 24 inches. Much skill and care are required in the operation of curing, which is performed by gutting and boiling these seaslugs, and spreading them out on a perforated platform over a wood-fire (or sometimes in the sun) to dry. Sundried trepangs are in special request in China for making soups. The fishery is carried on in numerous localities in the Indian Ocean, in the Eastern Archipelago, and on the shores of Australia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trepang trē-pang′ the Malay name for a species of Holothuria, much esteemed in China as a food delicacy—bêche-de-mer, sea-slug.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay trīpang,


In literature:

The man wants to collect trepang and birds' nests on the islands.
"Almayer's Folly A Story of an Eastern River" by Joseph Conrad
Half an hour later the proa's cargo of sago and trepang, as well as a doubtful-minded compass, was in the Haliotis.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
The iron most probably had been obtained from the Malays who annually visit the gulf for trepang.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
They are also very frequently employed in the beche de mer or trepang fisheries among the islands to the south.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
The trepang were found about the rocks on the beach in great numbers, as they were also on the South Island.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
VASHON HEAD has a considerable shoal projecting from it, and extending into the bay to the westward which was called TREPANG BAY.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
There are two kinds of trepang.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
New Guinea produces good beeswax, pearls, tortoise-shell, trepang, birds-of-paradise, etc.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Their flesh diet includes wild pigs, birds, fish, and trepang.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
The trepang is a sort of sea-slug, which is dried and used by the Chinese to make soup.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston