[ long-guh n ]
/ ˈlɒŋ gən /


the small, one-seeded, greenish-brown fruit of a large evergreen tree, Euphoria longana, of the soapberry family, native to China and allied to the litchi.
the tree itself.
Also lungan.

Origin of longan

1725–35; < New Latin longanum < Chinese lóngyǎn literally, dragon's eye
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/ (ˈlɒŋɡən) /


a sapindaceous tree, Euphoria longan, of tropical and subtropical Asia, with small yellowish-white flowers and small edible fruits
the fruit of this tree, which is similar to but smaller than the litchi, having white juicy pulp and a single seed

Word Origin for longan

C18: from Chinese lung yen dragon's eye
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