longan definition

  • noun:
    • An Asian evergreen tree (Euphoria longan) having yellowish-brown drupes with white, juicy, edible skin.
    • The fresh fruit of the plant.
    • An evergreen tree, medical name Dimocarpus longan, of the Sapindaceae household, indigenous to south China.
    • The fruit through the longan tree.
    • A pulpy fresh fruit linked to the litchi, and made by an evergreen East Indian longanberry (Nephelium Longan).
    • An evergreen tree, Nephelium Longanum, closely associated with the lichi, and producing the same but smaller and less palatable fresh fruit. Its cultivated in China as well as the East Indies.
    • The fruit it self, which can be exported in a dried state. Also referred to as dragon's-eye.
    • tree of southeastern Asia to Australia cultivated mainly because of its nice edible fruit resembling litchi peanuts; occasionally put into genera Euphorbia or Nephelium

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