Longan meaning

lŏnggən, lông-
An evergreen tree (Dimocarpus longan) native to China, having small yellowish-brown fruits with juicy white edible flesh.
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The fruit of this plant.
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An Asian tree (Euphoria longana) of the soapberry family, bearing an edible fruit resembling a small litchi.
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This fruit.
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An evergreen tree, Dimocarpus longan, of the Sapindaceae family, native to southern China.
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The fruit from the longan tree.
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Origin of longan

  • New Latin longan specific epithet from Mandarin lóng yǎn from Middle Chinese lywŋ ŋjaːn´ (literally, dragon eye, from the appearance of the fruit's white pulp around the single large dark seed) lywŋ dragon ŋjaːn´ eye

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Sinitic trad. 龍眼, simpl. 龙眼 (Cantonese lung4 ngaan5, Mandarin lóngyÇŽn; literally, “dragon's eye").

    From Wiktionary