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 (lì ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’)
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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.What to Eat: Chinese New Year Feast
February 9, 2010
Historical Examples of lychee
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
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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