noun \ˈlō-təs\

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

Full Definition of LOTUS

also lo·tos \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
:  any of various water lilies including several represented in ancient Egyptian and Hindu art and religious symbolism
[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 of LOTUS

Latin & Greek; Latin lotus, from Greek lōtos
First Known Use: circa 1541

Rhymes with LOTUS


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several different plants whose flowers have been given symbolic meaning by many cultures. The lotus of the Greeks is Ziziphus lotus (family Rhamnaceae), a shrub native to southern Europe; wine made from its fruit was thought to produce contentment and forgetfulness. The Egyptian lotus is a white water lily (Nymphaea lotus). The sacred lotus of the Hindus is an aquatic plant (Nelumbo nucifera) with white or delicate pink flowers; the lotus of eastern North America is Nelumbo pentapetala, a similar plant with yellow blossoms. Lotus is also a genus of the pea family (see legume), containing about 100 species found in temperate regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America; the 20 or more species in North America are grazed by animals. The lotus is a common ornament in architecture, and since ancient times it has symbolized fertility, purity, sexuality, birth, and rebirth of the dead.


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