noun pl. bêches-de-mer
Origin: , alteration (influenced by bêche, grub)
Origin: of biche-de-mer
Origin: , from Portuguese bicho do mar
Origin: : bicho, worm (from Late Latin bēstulus, diminutive of Latin bēstia, beast)
Origin: + do, of the
Origin: + mar, sea (from Latin mare; see mori- in Indo-European roots).
Origin: From the commercial importance of bêche-de-mer where the language is spoken.