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bêche-de-mer

(bĕsh-də-mâr`): see sea cucumbersea cucumber,
any of the flexible, elongated echinoderms belonging to the class Holothuroidea. Although sea cucumbers have the basic echinoderm radial symmetry (see Echinodermata), they do not have arms like starfish.
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Laxminarayana, "Asexual reproduction by induced transverse fission in the sea cucumbers Bohadschia marmorata and Holothuria atra," SPC Beche-de-Mer Information Bulletin, vol.
Mangion, "Sea cucumbers on La Reunion Island fringing reefs: Diversity, distribution, abundance and structure of the populations," SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin, vol.
Expert chef Siu Hin Chui is at the helm of the kitchens, which serves up a vast menu (it is 12 pages long!) featuring delicacies like Stewed fresh abalone with Beche-de-Mer and black mushrooms and Cambodia noodles with shredded duck, black mushrooms and preserved vegetables in soup, utilising only the freshest produce and time-tested cooking techniques.
In late nineteenth century Torres Strait, 'passengers' were usually women at shore stations, mainly doing the noisome work of processing beche-de-mer (Holothuria), known in the jargon as 'fish'.
Females were generally employed as domestics, while males were in the pastoral industries, with a significant proportion of both being in the maritime sector (pearling and beche-de-mer) and a host of 'other' positions as, for example, interpreters or labourers.
I lay all day on my beche-de-mer, I chairmanned through the night, learning to flip at the flasher of the mastodon.
The latter were active in the New Guinea and Northern Australian region as traders of wild nutmeg, beche-de-mer or bird plumes.
In the first-ever comprehensive survey of the archipelago's habitat, scientists recorded corals and fish, as well as seagrasses, Trochus shell, beche-de-mer (sea cucumber), whales and dolphins.
The most important sea cucumber product, however, is the dried body wall which is marketed as beche-de-mer (Fig.