lon·​gan | \ ˈlȯŋ-gən How to pronounce longan (audio) , -ən \

Definition of longan

1 : a pulpy fruit related to the lychee and produced by a southeast Asian evergreen tree (Euphoria longan synonym Dimocarpus longan) of the soapberry family
2 : a tree that bears the longan

Examples of longan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The produce section will offer fruits native to Asia, such as jackfruit, persimmons, longan and durian, according to a slideshow presented at the preview event. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "6 questions answered about Arizona's first H Mart and a look inside the Mesa megastore," 22 Jan. 2020 On a hot autumn day, the 78-year-old pianist points out the longan, papaya and starfruit trees in the villa’s garden. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 Dec. 2019 Just hope your meal ends with the addictive glutinous black rice porridge, which is gently sweet and pairs well with the longan tea that'll be served alongside it. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The North San Diego County Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday featuring guest speaker Dr. Gary Bender who will give a presentation on longans, lychees and more. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Woman's group recruits new members," 16 May 2018 Mangoes, longans, governor’s plum, avocados, sapotes and citrus appeared on the decades-old trees in the gardens, according to Miami Herald reports at the time. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Obituary: Larry Schokman dies at 82 | Miami Herald," 28 Oct. 2017 Begin with the gin-and-tea sour and end with the decidedly Taiwanese Old Fashioned flaunting longan. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "From Vegan Fare to Pineapple Cakes, a Guide to Taipei’s Best Bites," 18 Sep. 2017 Earlier this year, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific announced a new beer brewed with honey and longan berries that is made specifically to taste good while in flight. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Real Reason Why Airplane Food Tastes So Bad," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of longan

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for longan

Chinese (Beijing) lóngyǎn, literally, dragon's eye

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“Longan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longan. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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