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 (lŏng′gən, lông′-)
1. An evergreen tree (Dimocarpus longan) native to China, having small yellowish-brown fruits with juicy white edible flesh.
2. The fruit of this plant.

[New Latin longan, specific epithet, from Mandarin lóng yǎn, from Middle Chinese lywŋ ŋja⋮n´ (literally, dragon eye, from the appearance of the fruit's white pulp around the single large dark seed ) : lywŋ, dragon + ŋja⋮n´, eye.]


(ˈlɒŋɡən) or


1. (Plants) a sapindaceous tree, Euphoria longan, of tropical and subtropical Asia, with small yellowish-white flowers and small edible fruits
2. (Plants) the fruit of this tree, which is similar to but smaller than the litchi, having white juicy pulp and a single seed
[C18: from Chinese lung yen dragon's eye]


(ˈlɒŋ gən)

1. the small, one-seeded, greenish brown fruit of a large evergreen tree, Euphoria longana, of the soapberry family, native to China and related to the litchi.
2. the tree itself.
[1725–35; < New Latin longanum < Chinese lóngyǎn literally, dragon's eye]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.longan - tree of southeastern Asia to Australia grown primarily for its sweet edible fruit resembling litchi nutslongan - tree of southeastern Asia to Australia grown primarily for its sweet edible fruit resembling litchi nuts; sometimes placed in genera Euphorbia or Nephelium
dragon's eye, longanberry - Asian fruit similar to litchi
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
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