lotus tree

noun

: any of several trees reputed to have furnished the lotus mentioned by the ancients: such as
a
: a shrubby deciduous jujube tree (Ziziphus lotus) of the Mediterranean region that produces small yellow fruits
b
: a tall nettle tree (Celtis australis) of the same region that somewhat resembles a beech but produces a small sweet globose fruit
c
: an Asiatic persimmon (Diospyros lotus) that is sometimes cultivated for its small rounded yellow or purplish fruits
also : the common American persimmon (D. virginiana)

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“Lotus tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lotus%20tree. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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