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longan Line breaks: lon¦gan
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋɡ(ə)n/

Definition of longan in English:


An edible juicy fruit from a plant related to the lychee, cultivated in SE Asia.
  • The plant is Dimocarpus longan, family Sapindaceae
Example sentences
  • The city features six fruits - lemon, lychee, banana, longan, pomelo and pineapple - and three flowers - narcissus, camellia and orchid.
  • This turned out to be a Chocolate Fondue with bananas, rambutans, longans and pineapple in separate containers alongside.
  • Grains and beans such as wheat, sticky rice, peas and soybean are recommended for attaining this therapeutic benefit, while oranges, litchi and longans are said to be the most effective fruits.


Mid 18th century: from Chinese lóngyǎn, literally 'dragon's eye'.

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