Nelumbium luteum
Lotus Lo"tus (l[=o]"t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto`s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 {Nymph[ae]a Lotus} and {Nymph[ae]a c[ae]rulea}, the respectively white-flowered and blue-flowered lotus of modern Egypt, which, with {Nelumbium speciosum}, are figured on its ancient monuments. (b) 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. (c) The lote, or nettle tree. See {Lote}. (d) A genus ({Lotus}) of leguminous plants much resembling clover. [Written also {lotos}.] [1913 Webster]

{European lotus}, a small tree ({Diospyros Lotus}) of Southern Europe and Asia; also, its rather large bluish black berry, which is called also the {date plum}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture, generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian water lily. [1913 Webster]


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  • Nelumbium luteum Willd., orth. var. — Symbol NELU Synonym Symbol NELU3 Botanical Family Nelumbonaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Nelumbium speciosum — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nelumbium speciosum — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nelumbĭum — Juss. (Nelumbo Adans., Nelumbo), Gattung der Nymphäazeen, prächtige, den Seerosen ähnliche Wasserpflanzen mit verlängertem, horizontalem Wurzelstock, langgestielten, aus dem Wasser auftauchenden, fast kreisrunden, schildförmigen, am Rand etwas… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Nelumbium — Nelumbĭum Juss., Nelumbo, Pflanzengattg. der Nymphäazeen, Wasserpflanzen mit schildförmigen Blättern und roten oder gelben Blüten. Bekannteste Art N. speciōsum W. (Seerose, ind. Lotosblume [Abb. 1239; a Blüte, b Frucht, c Same]), die Padmapflanze …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • date plum — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diospyros Lotus — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • European lotus — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lotos — Lotus Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lotus — Lo tus (l[=o] t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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