li·tchi / ˈlēchē/ (also lychee or lichee) •
n. 1. a small rounded fruit with sweet white scented flesh, a large central stone, and a thin rough skin. Also called litchi nut when dried. 2. the Chinese tree (Nephelium litchi, or Litchi chinensis) of the soapberry family that bears this fruit.
Litchi (lichi, lychee; family Sapindaceae)
genus of small trees, closely related to Nephelium
and producing a similar edible arillate
fruit, but in which the pericarp
is smooth. They are native to China
and the mountains of western Malesia and cultivated in warm temperate climates.