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 lychee
Lychee Martini by Susan Waggoner The cocktail expert helps start the party with a new and delicious twist on the classic martini.What to Eat: Chinese New Year Feast
February 9, 2010
The banks are lined with orange and lemon trees, peaches and lychee.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844
William C. Hunter
- a variant spelling of litchi
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