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li·tchialso li·chee (lē′chē)
Variants of lychee.
1. (Plants) a Chinese sapindaceous tree, Litchi chinensis, cultivated for its round edible fruits
2. (Plants) the fruit of this tree, which has a whitish juicy edible aril
[C16: from Cantonese lai chi]
n., pl. -tchis or -chees.
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.
[1580–90; < New Latin < Chinese lìzhi (lì scallion + zhī branch)]
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|Noun||1.||litchi - Chinese tree cultivated especially in Philippines and India for its edible fruit; sometimes placed in genus Nephelium|
leechee, lichi, litchee, litchi nut, lychee, litchi, lichee - Chinese fruit having a thin brittle shell enclosing a sweet jellylike pulp and a single seed; often dried
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
genus Litchi - Chinese trees
|2.||litchi - Chinese fruit having a thin brittle shell enclosing a sweet jellylike pulp and a single seed; often dried|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh