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[long-guh n]
  1. 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.
  2. the tree itself.
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Also lungan.

Origin of longan

1725–35; < New Latin longanum < Chinese lóngyǎn literally, dragon's eye
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Historical Examples of longan

  • It was caught suspended head downwards on a cluster of the round fruit of the longan tree.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

    Robert A. Sterndale

  • It was caught suspended, head downwards, on a cluster of the fruit of the longan tree (Nephelium longanum).

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for longan



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

C18: from Chinese lung yen dragon's eye
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