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

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The Ispahan croissant is a particular favorite, made with raspberry, rose, and lychee. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Paris from $440 Round-Trip," 23 Aug. 2018 Brewers love throwing tropical fruits like mango, passionfruit, or lychee into Berliner weisse, which welcomes a little sweetness to balance out that tang. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The 5 Styles of Beer That Will Get You Through a Hot, Hot Summer," 19 June 2018 Low boulders now sit in place to help shelter Cocles, with its reggae bar and cafes serving rice and beans, where tourists cycle past fruit stalls selling lychees and soursop and signs warn of sloths crossing the beach road. Sophie Hares, The Christian Science Monitor, "Costa Rica's coast struggles to survive against rising seas," 25 May 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,, "Woman's group recruits new members," 16 May 2018 Tame flyaways and hydrate fried ends while moisturizing and illuminating your skin, all with this standout body oil with a beautiful fragrance that combines rose, bergamot, lychee, woods, and white musk. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "In Defense of "Festival Beauty," Even for People Who Hate Music Festivals," 25 Apr. 2018 Take a tour and enjoy tastings of unique mango, lychee and avocado wines at Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry at Everglades National Park and Shark Valley on April 21," 20 Apr. 2018 The Chicago restaurant serves it in flavors such as black sesame, coconut, Key lime and lychee. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fusion Poke could open in mid-May on the east side," 12 Apr. 2018 In addition to dumplings, Pinch serves sides such as sweet and spicy cabbage, green beans, and daikon radishes ($3 each), as well as bubble tea ($6) with flavors including mango, lychee, pomegranate and passion fruit. Sarah Meehan,, "We tried five new foods at Camden Yards. Here's what we thought.," 31 Mar. 2018

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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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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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