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noun, plural ne·lum·bos.
  1. lotus(def 3).
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Origin of nelumbo

< New Latin < Sinhalese neluma
Related formsne·lum·bi·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of nelumbo

  • When they arrived, Nelumbo threw herself on the bed, without being able to stop weeping.

    Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures


  • Another wonderful plant of June is the large water-lily the Nelumbo luteum, or water-chinquepin.

  • These upstanding flowers and stalks form the distinguishing characteristic of the Nelumbo species.

  • The nelumbo of Indian origin has ceased to grow in Egypt, while the colocasia of modern botanists has persisted there.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle

  • At the foot of the hill lay a deep morass, covered with the nelumbo and other aquatic plants.

British Dictionary definitions for nelumbo


noun plural -bos
  1. either of the two aquatic plants of the genus Nelumbo: family NelumbonaceaeSee lotus (def. 4), water chinquapin
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Word Origin for nelumbo

C19: New Latin, from Sinhalese nelumbu lotus
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