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
Recent Examples of lychee from the Web
The southern city of Yulin usually celebrates the summer solstice by feasting on fragrant lychees and fried dog, but sales have dramatically reduced in recent years.
Other fruit or juices popular in tiki cocktails include guava, lychee, mango, papaya, tangerine, tamarind and peach.
The flesh is deep orange and juicy, almost addictive with sweet flavor resembling passion fruit with lychee.
In addition to the assortment of natives, including gumbo limbo, dwarf firebush and Florida slash pine, the city has added an assortment of fruit trees: mango, lychee and carambola, or starfruit.
More than 10 million dogs and about four million cats are killed every year across China for their meat, activists say, a practice that comes under the spotlight every year with the annual dog meat and lychee festival in the Chinese city of Yulin.
Customers can add three toppings from a choice of more than 30 — including brownies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, coconut flakes, mango, toasted marshmallows and lychee.
Orchards of oranges, lemons, cherimoyers, custard apples, and lychees were planted by 1868.
Go for the Green Island, with matcha green tea, yuzu, organic frozen yogurt, mochi and azuki bean — or the Pink Island, with lychee, mint, organic ice cream, fresh strawberries, mochi and boba.
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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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