lychee

litchi

[lee-chee]
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:
1580–90; < Neo-Latin < Chinese lìzhi ( ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’)

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litchi, lichee, lichi or lychee (ˌlaɪˈtʃiː)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Cantonese lai chi]
 
lichee, lichee, lichi or lychee
 
n
 
[C16: from Cantonese lai chi]
 
lichi, lichee, lichi or lychee
 
n
 
[C16: from Cantonese lai chi]
 
lychee, lichee, lichi or lychee
 
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[C16: from Cantonese lai chi]

lychee (ˌlaɪˈtʃiː)
 
n
a variant spelling of litchi

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