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 ◆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
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Origin and Etymology of lychee
Chinese (Beijing) lìzhī
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
LYCHEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lychee for English Language Learners
: 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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