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litchi

, lichee, lichi, lychee
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

lychee

[′lī‚chē]
(botany)
A tree of the genus Litchi in the family Sapindaceae, especially L. chinensis which is cultivated for its edible fruit, a one-seeded berry distinguished by the thin, leathery, rough pericarp that is red in most varieties. Also spelled litchi.
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In Northern Queensland, mangoes and avocados and lichees quickly ran up against an oversupplied market.
Chamoiseau's protagonist, Marie-Sophie, describes the founding of the Texaco quarter, on the outskirts of the capital, by blacks from rural areas: "We brought the countryside with us: carts of lemon trees, swaying coconut trees, bunches of papaya trees, tufts of sugarcane, tatters of plantains, guavas, peppers, lichees, the blessed bread-fruit, the avocado trees, and a mixture of this grass and that grass to cure the aches, the heart's suffering, the soul's wounds, the dreamy flowerings of melancholy.
lichees, drained 2 cups 3/4-inch chunks fresh pineapple 1 can (8 oz.
The major agricultural crops in this area include rice (Oryza sativa), oranges (Citrus sinensis), longans (Euphoria logan), and lichees (Litchi chinensis).
Dessert is simple-invariably boiled, sweetened lotus seeds or canned lichees, a Chinese fruit.
All these components are beautifully combined in a fan, painted with a delicious tangle of red lichees, from 1941, with an accompanying poem which again uses Shang calligraphic characters.
Peirce suggests that the dish be decorated with fruit, such as canned, drained lichees or thin slices of fresh pineapple, and a small spray of green leaves--perhaps mint.
Hawaii is a tropical fruit lover's paradise: you'll find coconuts, guavas, mangoes, lichees, papayas, passion fruit (lilikoi), poha berries, and of course pineapples.
You might find white juicy spheres of lichees, rambutans, or longans; golden sections of jackfruit; or sweet orange-colored mango slices.