ly·​chee | \ ˈlē-(ˌ)chē How to pronounce lychee (audio) , ˈlī- How to pronounce lychee (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly lichee

Definition of lychee

1 or lychee nut or litchi nut or less commonly lichee nut : the small, oval to roundish fruit of a Chinese tree (Litchi chinensis) of the soapberry family having a rough or warty, yellow, pink, or reddish leathery rind and sweet to slightly acidic usually whitish edible flesh that surrounds a single large seed

Note: The lychee, grown commercially in tropical and subtropical regions, is a type of fruit called a drupe, and its edible flesh is the fruit's aril.

2 : a slow-growing tree that bears lychees and has glossy, leathery leaves and terminal clusters of tiny, apetalous, greenish-white to yellow flowers

Examples of lychee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loulou, at street level, is stocked up with last-minute gifts and souvenirs, from fashion products and Elise Tsikis lacquered jewelry in Samaritaine colors, to food like Confture Parisienne in raspberry, rose and lychee flavors. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Carefully stuff blackberries in each lychee; chill. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, 10 June 2021 The star of the new serum is rambutan, a tropical, edible plant that comes from the same family as a lychee. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 Beers produced at Dogfish Head Miami will include Starpucker IPA, brewed with Florida starfruit, and Madam Roselle, a rosy sour wheat ale made with passion fruit, mango and lychee. Ben Crandell,, 12 May 2021 With notes of lychee, cassis, mandarin orange and peony, this is the fragrance version of sitting under the trees in Washington Square Park to eat a scrumptious pastry. New York Times, 12 May 2021 His first beer, which hit stores in 2019, was Hoppy Hathi, an IPA made with Cashmere, Amarillo and Saphir hops, with cantaloupe and lychee flavors. Susan Dunne,, 1 Apr. 2021 Coconuts, jackfruit and rambutan, a lychee-like fruit, were already growing there. Emily Leshner, Star Tribune, 23 Nov. 2020 Kim and her sister Kylie Jenner first negotiate who will get a lychee martini and who will get a mango martini. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lychee

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lychee

Chinese (Beijing) lìzhī

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30 Jun 2021

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“Lychee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lychee

: the fruit of an Asian tree that has a hard outer covering and a seed surrounded by sweet flesh also : the tree that produces this fruit

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