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litchi

[lee-chee] /ˈli tʃi/
noun, plural litchis.
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.
Also, leechee, lichee, lychee.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Neo-Latin < Chinese lìzhi ( ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’)
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  • Merchants sell litchi nuts, while open-air barbers proffer empty chairs.
  • litchi served as the model for longan because litchi fruit are generally larger and slower to heat.
British Dictionary definitions for litchi

litchi

/ˌlaɪˈtʃiː/
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
Word Origin
C16: from Cantonese lai chi
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