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.

Nearby words

  1. lit.,
  2. lit.b.,
  3. lit.d.,
  4. litany,
  5. litas,
  6. litchi nut,
  7. lite,
  8. liter,
  9. literacy,
  10. literacy hour

Origin of litchi

1580–90; < New Latin < Chinese lìzhi ( ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for litchi

  • 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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