noun lo·tus \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

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LOTUS Defined for Kids


noun lo·tus \ˈlō-təs\

Definition of LOTUS for Kids

:  any of various water lilies
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