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.
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How to use lotus in a sentence
A related story mentions how Sobek rescued the sons of Horus when they were found in the water as a lotus bloom.Sobek: The Ancient Egyptian Crocodile God of the Nile | Dattatreya Mandal | November 15, 2022 | Realm of History
Rinse the lotus leaves again and cover them with a damp towel.How to Make a Gorgeously Lacquered Chinese-American Thanksgiving Turkey With Cantonese Sticky Rice Stuffing | Carolyn Phillips | November 22, 2021 | Eater
Partly that's because I first became a car nerd after discovering the lotus Seven.Here’s how Lotus is going to build lightweight electric sports cars | Jonathan M. Gitlin | September 23, 2021 | Ars Technica
The lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.
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.‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win | Kevin Fallon | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The lotus flower symbolized rebirth, and the red lotus is the lotus of compassion.‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win | Kevin Fallon | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kara Cutruzzula | March 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tom Sykes | November 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Realm of enchantment, break your mystic spell, Land of the lotus, smiling land farewell!Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
You are in the land of the lotus eaters on a keleg voyage—but you had better take a few books to read!The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Suddenly a lotus sprung from his navel, and grew till it reached the surface of the flood.Ancient Faiths And Modern | Thomas Inman
All were curiously interested at the sight of a woman with white skin, tinted like the lotus.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
A lotus—that was it—and Hook Nose stood looking at the lotus—and because it was innocent he filled his eyes with it.Young People's Pride | Stephen Vincent Benet
British Dictionary definitions for lotus
(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
- Also called (rare): lotos
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