- an Asian tree (Euphoria longana) of the soapberry family, bearing an edible fruit resembling a small litchi
- this fruit
Origin of longanCantonese long-yan, literally , dragon's eye: in allusion to the white pulp of the fresh fruit surrounding a single seed
- An evergreen tree (Dimocarpus longan) native to China, having small yellowish-brown fruits with juicy white edible flesh.
- The fruit of this plant.
Origin of longanNew Latin longan, specific epithet, from Mandarin lóng y&acaron;n, from Middle Chinese lywŋ ŋja&tricolon;n´ (literally, dragon eye, from the appearance of the fruit's white pulp around the single large dark seed ) : lywŋ, dragon + ŋja&tricolon;n´, eye.
From Sinitic trad. é¾çœ¼, simpl. é¾™çœ¼ (Cantonese lung4 ngaan5, Mandarin lÃ³ngyÇŽn; literally, “dragon's eye").