or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee

[ lee-chee ]
/ ˈli tʃi /

noun, plural li·tchis.

the fruit of a Chinese tree, Litchi chinensis, of the soapberry family, consisting of a thin, brittle shell enclosing a sweet, jellylike pulp and a single seed.
the tree itself.

Words nearby litchi

Origin of litchi

1580–90; < New Latin < Chinese lìzhi ( ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for lichee

  • The seed resembles the lichee, and the fruit, which ripens in the ninth month of the year, suggests a resemblance to the Swastika.

    The Swastika|Thomas Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for lichee (1 of 2)

/ (ˌlaɪˈtʃiː) /


a variant spelling of litchi

British Dictionary definitions for lichee (2 of 2)


lichee, lichi or lychee

/ (ˌlaɪˈtʃiː) /


a Chinese sapindaceous tree, Litchi chinensis, cultivated for its round edible fruits
the fruit of this tree, which has a whitish juicy edible aril

Word Origin for litchi

C16: from Cantonese lai chi
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