or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee

[ lee-chee ]
/ ˈli tʃi /
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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.
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Origin of litchi

First recorded in 1580–90; from New Latin, from Chinese lìzhi ( “scallion” + zhī “branch”)
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How to use litchi in a sentence

  • About him were golden limes, ginger in syrup, litchi nuts, pickled leeches.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train
  • By some of the earlier botanical works the litchi is placed either in the genus Dimocarpus or Euphoria.

    The Nut Culturist|Andrew S. Fuller
  • Or in ivory chopsticks, oolong tea, imitation jade, litchi nuts and preserved leeches!

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train

British Dictionary definitions for litchi


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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