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noun lo·tus \ˈlō-təs\

Definition of lotus

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lotuses

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lotus

  1. 1 or less commonly lotos \ˈlō-təs\ :  a fruit eaten by the lotus-eaters and considered to cause indolence and dreamy contentment; also :  a tree (such 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 familyb :  sweet clover

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Origin and Etymology of lotus

Latin & Greek; Latin lotus, from Greek lōtos


LOTUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lotus for English Language Learners

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


LOTUS Defined for Kids

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noun lo·tus \ˈlō-təs\

Definition of lotus for Students

  1. :  any of various water lilies



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