ne·​lum·​bo | \ -ləm(ˌ)bō\

Definition of nelumbo

1 capitalized : a genus that includes large water lilies having flowers with 4 to 5 sepals, numerous petals, and the discrete carpels embedded in a fleshy receptacle and that is usually considered to constitute a subfamily of Nymphaeaceae but is sometimes isolated in a separate family
2 or nelumbium plural -s : any plant of the genus Nelumbo — compare lotus sense 3

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History and Etymology for nelumbo

New Latin, from Sinhalese neḷumbu, Indian lotus

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