or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee
- 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.
Origin of litchi
1580–90; < New Latin < Chinese lìzhi (lì ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’)
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Examples from the Web for litchi
Or in ivory chopsticks, oolong tea, imitation jade, litchi nuts and preserved leeches!
By some of the earlier botanical works the litchi is placed either in the genus Dimocarpus or Euphoria.The Nut Culturist
Andrew S. Fuller
About him were golden limes, ginger in syrup, litchi nuts, pickled leeches.
lichee, lichi or lychee
- a Chinese sapindaceous tree, Litchi chinensis, cultivated for its round edible fruits
- the fruit of this tree, which has a whitish juicy edible aril
C16: from Cantonese lai chi