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lotus definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: native to eastern Asia; widely cultivated for its large pink or white flowers [syn: lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera]
2: annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs [syn: Lotus, genus Lotus]
3: white Egyptian lotus: water lily of Egypt to southeastern Africa; held sacred by the Egyptians [syn: lotus, white lotus, Egyptian water lily, white lily, Nymphaea lotus]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin & Greek; Latin lotus, from Greek l?tos Date: circa 1541 1. (also lotos) a fruit eaten by the lotus-eaters and considered to cause indolence and dreamy contentment; also a tree (as Zizyphus lotus of the buckthorn family) reputed to bear this fruit 2. any of various water lilies including several represented in ancient Egyptian and Hindu art and religious symbolism 3. [New Latin, from Latin] a. any of a genus (Lotus) of widely distributed upright herbs or subshrubs of the legume family b. sweet clover

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (in Greek mythology) a legendary plant inducing luxurious languor when eaten. 2 a any water lily of the genus Nelumbo, esp. N. nucifera of India, with large pink flowers. b this flower used symbolically in Hinduism and Buddhism. 3 an Egyptian water lily, Nymphaea lotus, with white flowers. 4 any plant of the genus Lotus, e.g. bird's foot trefoil. Phrases and idioms: lotus-eater a person given to indolent enjoyment. lotus-land a place of indolent enjoyment. lotus position a cross-legged position of meditation with the feet resting on the thighs. Etymology: L f. Gk lotos, of Semitic orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lotus Lo"tus, n. [L. lotus, Gr. ?. Cf. Lote.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A name of several kinds of water lilies; as Nelumbium speciosum, used in religious ceremonies, anciently in Egypt, and to this day in Asia; Nelumbium luteum, the American lotus; and Nymph[ae]a Lotus and N. c[ae]rulea, the respectively white-flowered and blue-flowered lotus of modern Egypt, which, with Nelumbium speciosum, are figured on its ancient monuments. (b) The lotus of the lotuseaters, probably a tree found in Northern Africa, Sicily, Portugal, and Spain (Zizyphus Lotus), the fruit of which is mildly sweet. It was fabled by the ancients to make strangers who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all desire to return to it. (c) The lote, or nettle tree. See Lote. (d) A genus (Lotus) of leguminous plants much resembling clover. [Written also lotos.] European lotus, a small tree (Diospyros Lotus) of Southern Europe and Asia; also, its rather large bluish black berry, which is called also the date plum.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bird's-foot Bird's"-foot`, n. (Bot.) A papilionaceous plant, the Ornithopus, having a curved, cylindrical pod tipped with a short, clawlike point. Bird's-foot trefoil. (Bot.) (a) A genus of plants (Lotus) with clawlike pods. L. corniculatas, with yellow flowers, is very common in Great Britain. (b) the related plant, Trigonella ornithopodioides, is also European.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lotuses) A lotus or a lotus flower is a type of water lily that grows in Africa and Asia. N-COUNT


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