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litchi (lē´chē), Chinese tree (Litchi chinensis) of the family Sapindaceae (soapberry family), having a small, aromatic, pulpy fruit in a thin, rough shell. It is the best-known Chinese fruit and a favorite with the Chinese, who use it fresh, dried, or preserved. In commerce it is usually seen dried, in which form it appears as a nut with a raisinlike center. The juicy pulp is also canned. The tree is now grown in other warm countries and to some extent in the United States in S Florida and California. Among variant spellings are leechee, lichee, and lychee. Litchis are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Sapindaceae.

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litchi

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.

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Litchi

Litchi (lichi, lychee; family Sapindaceae) A monotypic 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.

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litchi, lichi, lychee Chinese fruit. XVI (lechia, lichea). — Chinese, li-tchi.

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litchi See lychee.

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