lychee

noun ly·chee \ˈlē-(ˌ)chē, ˈlī-\

Definition of lychee

  1. 1 :  the oval fruit of a Chinese tree (Litchi chinensis) of the soapberry family having a hard scaly reddish outer covering and sweet whitish edible flesh that surrounds a single large seed —called also lychee nut

  2. 2 :  a tree bearing lychees

Variants of lychee

or

less commonly

lichee

\ˈlē-(ˌ)chē, ˈlī-\

Origin and Etymology of lychee

Chinese (Beijing) lìzhī


First Known Use: 1588


LYCHEE Defined for English Language Learners

lychee

noun ly·chee \ˈlē-(ˌ)chē, ˈlī-\

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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