Definition of lotus in English:

lotus

Syllabification: lo·tus
Pronunciation: /ˈlōtəs
 
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noun

  • 1Any of a number of large water lilies, in particular.
    • (also sacred lotus) a lily of Asia and northern Australia, typically with dark pink or white-and-pink flowers (Nelumbo nucifera, family Nelumbonaceae). (also American lotus) a yellow-flowered North American lily with bowl-shaped leaves (Nelumbo lutea, family Nelumbonaceae). (also Egyptian lotus) a lily regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt (the white-flowered Nymphaea lotus and the blue-flowered N. caerulea, family Nymphaeaceae).
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    • Wild rice could have been found in the deeper waters of the backwater sloughs along with white water lily, American lotus, arrowleaf, duckweeds, and pondweed.
    • If your pond is at least three feet deep, you can experiment with wild rice, water lotus, and water lily.
    • All water lilies and lotuses studied have aerenchyma.
  • 2(In Greek mythology) a legendary plant whose fruit induces a dreamy forgetfulness and an unwillingness to depart.
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    • The music is inspired by the Ancient Greek myth of island dwellers whose diet of fruit from the lotus tree makes them forget their past troubles.
    • The starving men ate the fruit, but Ulysses quickly understood that the lotus fruit destroyed men's memories.
  • 2.1The flower of the sacred lotus as a symbol in Asian art and religion.
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    • The Asian sacred lotus represents the highest branch on the botanical family tree that shows heat generation.
    • In one popular depiction, he sits on a lotus flower between the Hindu gods Brahm and Indra and creates a vast number of lotuses all with himself seated in their centers.
    • Two Swords are crossed in inner and outer conflict today but the flowering lotus, a symbol of love, in the middle of the two swords brings peace and compromise.
  • 2.2 short for lotus position.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a type of clover or trefoil, described by Homer as food for horses): via Latin from Greek lōtos, of Semitic origin. The term was used by classical writers to denote various trees and plants; the legendary plant (sense 2) mentioned by Homer was thought by later Greek writers to be Ziziphus lotus, a relative of the jujube.

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