noun (plural nelumbos)
A lotus with huge leaves and solitary large flowers that grow on stalks that can extend 6 feet (2 m) above the surface of the water.
- Genus Nelumbo, family Nelumbonaceae: two species, the American lotus and the sacred lotus (see lotus).
- The American species N. lutea, known as water-chinquapin, water-nut, duck acorn, and nelumbo, is a native of the eastern parts of the USA (but rare in the north) and of the south from Florida to Texas.
- Lotus or nelumbos are grown in a similar fashion to tropical waterlilies.
- The nelumbos differ from the nymphaeas in their botanical make-up and they are grown in eastern countries on account of the economic value of the roots and seeds which are eaten.
Modern Latin, from Sinhalese neḷum̆ba.
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