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or leechee, lichee, lychee

[lee-chee] /ˈli tʃi/
noun, plural litchis.
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Or in ivory chopsticks, oolong tea, imitation jade, litchi nuts and preserved leeches!

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train
  • About him were golden limes, ginger in syrup, litchi nuts, pickled leeches.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train
  • By some of the earlier botanical works the litchi is placed either in the genus Dimocarpus or Euphoria.

    The Nut Culturist Andrew S. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for litchi


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
C16: from Cantonese lai chi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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