Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Asian evergreen tree (Euphoria longan) having yellowish-brown drupes with white, juicy, edible flesh.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen tree, scientific name Dimocarpus longan, of the Sapindaceae family, native to southern China.
  • n. The fruit from the longan tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pulpy fruit related to the litchi, and produced by an evergreen East Indian longanberry (Nephelium Longan).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An evergreen tree, Nephelium Longanum, closely related to the lichi, and yielding a similar but smaller and less palatable fruit. It is cultivated in China and the East Indies.
  • n. The fruit itself, which is exported in a dried state. Also called dragon's-eye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tree of southeastern Asia to Australia grown primarily for its sweet edible fruit resembling litchi nuts; sometimes placed in genera Euphorbia or Nephelium

Etymologies

New Latin longan, specific epithet, from Chinese (Mandarin) lóng yacaron.gifn : lóng, dragon + yacaron.gifn, eye.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sinitic trad. 龍眼, simpl. 龙眼 (Cantonese lung4 ngaan5, Mandarin lóngyǎn; literally, “dragon's eye”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Amit said that local ingredients that are perceived to be beneficial to health such as longan, tremella and sesame have had applications in baked goods, as consumers are acquainted with their benefits and can quickly embrace products containing them.

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  • Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) and also "longan" in Tagalog.

    WN.com - Business News

  • My parents had dates and peanuts, which had been served at weddings in Yan’an, and dried fruit called longan, which traditionally symbolizes a happy union and sons.

    Wild Swans

  • It is also called guiyuan (桂圓) in Chinese, Ash-fol (আঁশফল) in Bengali, lengkeng in Indonesia, mata kucing (literally "cat's eye") in Malaysia, nhãn in Vietnamese (The Species: Euphoria longana Lamk. named "long nhãn" in Vietnamese - literally "dragon's eyes"), Mora in Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) and also "longan" in

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  • I thought of a perp named Lumpy Flanagan wed once put away, but didnt dwell on him for longan ugly brute, with an overbite and no chinand then forgot the whole thing.

    Dog on It

  • Although it isn't longan season, this beefy fellow was offering bags of the stuff.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • In the late 1990s, scientists investigated the phenomenon of longan trees producing fruits totally out of season.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • In 1999, forty Thai longan farmers died when their fertilizer warehouse ignited and blew up like a roman candle.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Now most longan plantations use chlorates—gunpowder—as fertilizer.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • It comes in a big glass and it's green tea with an assortment of exotic dried fruits goji berry, longan, etc. and chrysanthemum flowers.

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  • "Long nhãn" in Vietnamese - literally "dragon's eyes". Here's a mouthfeely Vietnamese riddle, courtesy of Wikipedia:

    "Da cóc mà b�?c bột l�?c, bột l�?c mà b�?c hòn than. (literally: Toad's skin covers tapioca flour, tapioca flour covers coal stone)". Toad's skin is the longan's skin; tapioca flour is the clear white longan flesh, and coal stone refers to the large black seed so common to Sapindaceae.

    October 30, 2009

  • = "dragon eyes" in Chinese

    July 14, 2008