lo·​tus | \ ˈlō-təs How to pronounce lotus (audio) \
plural lotuses also lotus

Definition of lotus

1 or less commonly lotos \ ˈlō-​təs How to pronounce lotus (audio) \ : 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 : 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

Illustration of lotus

Illustration of lotus

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Examples of lotus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New emoji arrive with iOS 15.4, including some cool new Smiley faces, a cute troll, a pink lotus and more. David Phelan, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 And his last one, for now, is a lotus on his forearm. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Until recently, a portrait of the prime minister hung in Varun Goel’s office, and his computer background depicted the bespectacled politician holding a lotus, the symbol of Mr. Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 14 June 2021 This clean anti-aging night cream is made with peach leaf extract to destress the skin and super lotus to reduce lines and wrinkles. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 When candied, Chinese lotus seeds are denser, nuttier, and more starchy, while AshaPops puff their water lily seeds into a lighter, fluffier popcorn-alternative. Amber Gibson, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2021 Tropical Asia and Queensland, Australia Similar to water lilies, lotuses have wide, flat leaves that emerge just above the surface of shallow bodies of freshwater. Kat Craddock, Saveur, 25 May 2017 In the summer, lotuses bloom across the lakes, making my city extremely Instagrammable. Yuli Yang, CNN, 5 Feb. 2020 He was talked about and still is by older-timers in, to use a Bernheimerism, the land of the plastic lotus. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of lotus

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for lotus

Latin & Greek; Latin lotus, from Greek lōtos

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“Lotus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotus. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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lo·​tus | \ ˈlō-təs How to pronounce lotus (audio) \

Kids Definition of lotus

: any of various water lilies

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