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noun lo·tus \ˈlō-təs\

Simple Definition of lotus

  • : a type of flowering plant that grows on the surface of water

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lotus

  1. 1 also lotos \ˈlō-təs\ :  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. 2 :  any of various water lilies including several represented in ancient Egyptian and Hindu art and religious symbolism

  3. 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

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Origin and Etymology of lotus

Latin & Greek; Latin lotus, from Greek lōtos


First Known Use: circa 1541

Rhymes with lotus


LOTUS Defined for Kids

lotus

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noun lo·tus \ˈlō-təs\

Definition of lotus for Students

  1. :  any of various water lilies




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