Definitions of lotus

  1. white Egyptian lotus: water lily of Egypt to southeastern Africa; held sacred by the Egyptians
  2. native to eastern Asia; widely cultivated for its large pink or white flowers
  3. A name of several kinds of water lilies; as Nelumbium speciosum, used in religious ceremonies, anciently in Egypt, and to this day in Asia; Nelumbium luteum, the American lotus; and Nymphaea Lotus and N. caerulea, the respectively white- flowered and blue- flowered lotus of modern Egypt, which, with Nelumbium speciosum, are figured on its ancient monuments.
  4. The lotus of the lotuseaters, probably a tree found in Northern Africa, Sicily, Portugal, and Spain ( Zizyphus Lotus), the fruit of which is mildly sweet. It was fabled by the ancients to make strangers who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all desire to return to it.
  5. The lote, or nettle tree. See Lote.
  6. A genus ( Lotus) of leguminous plants much resembling clover.
  7. An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture, generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian water lily.
  8. A plant genus of the family FABACEAE. This genus was formerly known as Tetragonolobus.
  9. A plant of the water lily family, especially the sacred lotus of the ancient Nile.
  10. See LOTE.
  11. A name given to various plants, but more especially one of uncertain identity, the fruit of which induced a certain pleasing, dreamy languor in whoever partook of it.
  12. A genus of leguminous creeping plants, found in different countries, and of different species; an Egyptian water- plant; a small tree.

Usage examples for lotus

  1. The people have no other grain than the scanty supply yielded by the seeds of the lotus, which they collect from the river. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  2. He will, while dying, see a golden lotus- flower, like the disk of the sun, appearing before his eyes; in a moment he will be born in the world of highest happiness. – Buddhism and Buddhists in China by Lewis Hodus
  3. We know it must be behind this lake, said Lotus. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  4. I call this garden of yours, for instance, a most vicious place, a perfect lotus- eater's Paradise. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. There were lotus in our vases, beautifully colored lotus, the last of the season, I verily believe. – Madame Chrysantheme Complete by Pierre Loti Last Updated: March 4, 2009
  6. One story is an Indian Legend- The Lotus Flower, Wreaths of Laurel, A Summer Night, The Humming Bird- that in India! – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  7. He hid me completely, as a lotus hides its stem. – The Fugitive by Rabindranath Tagore
  8. Altogether, essentially nice creatures, lotus- eaters, fearful of fuss or novelty, and drowsily satisfied with themselves and life in general. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  9. I am tired, and wish to- night to eat only of the lotus. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  10. It seemed a promising enterprise, as the secret society of the Blue Lotus was agitating for the abolition of the pigtail, which is the emblem of the servitude of the Chinese to the Manchu Tartars. – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  11. When we're back in London and out of lotus land? – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  12. " Have patience, my lotus flower," he purred. – When the Sleepers Woke by Arthur Leo Zagat
  13. The lotus was a large white water- lily of exquisite beauty. – Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson Other: Arthur Gilman