litchi or lee·chee, li·chee, ly·chee [lee-chee] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural li·tchis.

  1. the fruit of a Chinese tree, Litchi chinensis, of the soapberry family, consisting of a thin, brittle shell enclosing a sweet, jellylike pulp and a single seed.
  2. the tree itself.

Origin of litchi 1580–90; New Latin Chinese lìzhi (lì ‘scallion’ + zhī ‘branch’) Examples from the Web for litchi Historical Examples of litchi

  • Or in ivory chopsticks, oolong tea, imitation jade, litchi nuts and preserved leeches!

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train

  • By some of the earlier botanical works the litchi is placed either in the genus Dimocarpus or Euphoria.

    The Nut Culturist

    Andrew S. Fuller

  • About him were golden limes, ginger in syrup, litchi nuts, pickled leeches.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train

  • British Dictionary definitions for litchi litchi lichee, lichi or lychee noun

    1. a Chinese sapindaceous tree, Litchi chinensis, cultivated for its round edible fruits
    2. the fruit of this tree, which has a whitish juicy edible aril

    Word Origin for litchi C16: from Cantonese lai chi

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