- a Chinese evergreen tree (Litchi chinensis) of the soapberry family, cultivated in warm climates for its fruit
- its fruit, usually eaten as a dried or preserved nut (): it consists of a single seed surrounded by a sweet, edible, raisinlike pulp, enclosed in a rough, brown, papery shell
See litchi in American Heritage Dictionary 4
also li·chee or ly·chee noun pl. li·tchis
- A Chinese tree (Litchi chinensis) that bears bright red fruits, each of which has a large single seed with a white, fleshy, edible aril.
- The nutlike fruit of this tree. Also called litchi nut.
Origin: Chinese (Mandarin) lì zhī
Origin: : lì, litchi
Origin: + zhī, twig
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