- a plant believed to be a jujube or elm, referred to in Greek legend as yielding a fruit that induced a state of dreamy and contented forgetfulness in those who ate it.
- the fruit itself.
- any aquatic plant of the genus Nelumbo, of the water lily family, having shieldlike leaves and showy, solitary flowers usually projecting above the water.
- any of several water lilies of the genus Nymphaea.
- a decorative motif derived from such a plant and used widely in ancient art, as on the capitals of Egyptian columns.
- any shrubby plant of the genus Lotus, of the legume family, having red, pink, yellow, or white flowers.
Origin of lotus
Examples from the Web for lotus
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.A Different Kind of Vietnam Story
October 9, 2014
I was doing yoga and the lotus position, and I was trying to think of what would represent where I am now in my life.
The lotus flower symbolized rebirth, and the red lotus is the lotus of compassion.
He wants to find one of the plants most elusive to him: the lotus flower, native to Asia.Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer
March 19, 2014
Measuring 2,500 sq ft, the suite boasts three bedrooms, a fruit garden, an open air shower and its own lotus pond.Camilla Stays At $5,500-a-Night Indian Ayurvedic Resort To Cure Her Sinusitis
November 1, 2012
The lotus is a leguminous plant—so excellent for the salad—not for the roast.
No; it has two stacks; and it's not your people because the Lotus is black.
From that time on he met Rose of Evening every day in the lotus field.The Chinese Fairy Book
The square piers also have frequently a lotus bud carved on them.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The moon wooed the lotus in the night, the lotus was wooed by the moon, and my sweetheart is their child.The Soul of a People
- (in Greek mythology) a fruit that induces forgetfulness and a dreamy languor in those who eat it
- the plant bearing this fruit, thought to be the jujube, the date, or any of various other plants
- any of several water lilies of tropical Africa and Asia, esp the white lotus (Nymphaea lotus), which was regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt
- a similar plant, Nelumbo nucifera, which is the sacred lotus of India, China, and Tibet and also sacred in Egypt: family Nelumbonaceae
- a representation of such a plant, common in Hindu, Buddhist, and ancient Egyptian carving and decorative art
- any leguminous plant of the genus Lotus, of the Old World and North America, having yellow, pink, or white pealike flowers
Word Origin and History for lotus
1540s, from Latin lotus, from Greek lotos, name used for several plants before it came to mean Egyptian white lotus (a sense attested in English from 1580s); perhaps from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew lot "myrrh"). The yogic sense is attested from 1848. Lotus-eaters (1812) are from Greek lotophagoi, mentioned in "Odyssey," book IX.