- Classical Mythology. a member of a people whom Odysseus found existing in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by their eating of the fruit of the legendary lotus; one of the lotophagi.
- a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.
Origin of lotus-eater
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We may be happy for a brief while, with the brief happiness of a lotus-eater; but it cannot last—it cannot last!A Changed Heart
May Agnes Fleming
About it were chairs and divans that would have satisfied a lotus-eater.We Can't Have Everything
In this case I waited till I felt like a lotus-eater who could have stayed on forever.A-Birding on a Bronco
Florence A. Merriam
The Lotus-eater gave up family and country; "chewing the lotus, he forgot the return."
Thus we mark the inner transition: the active principle of that which was a passive Lotus-eater is the Cyclops, a Polyphemus.
- Greek myth one of a people encountered by Odysseus in North Africa who lived in indolent forgetfulness, drugged by the fruit of the legendary lotus
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