or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee


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.

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 lychee

Contemporary Examples of lychee

  • Lychee Martini by Susan Waggoner The cocktail expert helps start the party with a new and delicious twist on the classic martini.

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    What to Eat: Chinese New Year Feast

    February 9, 2010

Historical Examples of lychee

British Dictionary definitions for lychee



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

Word Origin for litchi

C16: from Cantonese lai chi
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