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litchi

or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee

[lee-chee]
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noun, plural li·tchis.
  1. 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.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of litchi

1580–90; < New Latin < Chinese lìzhi ( ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’)
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lychee

noun
  1. a variant spelling of litchi
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litchi

lichee, lichi or lychee

noun
  1. a Chinese sapindaceous tree, Litchi chinensis, cultivated for its round edible fruits
  2. the fruit of this tree, which has a whitish juicy edible aril
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Word Origin

C16: from Cantonese lai chi
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