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The nettle tree Celtis australis; (in later use also) any tree of this genus. Compare lote-tree and "lotus". Now rare.
The burbot, Lota lota.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin lōtus and its etymon ancient Greek λωτός lotus<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. Originally (i) from French lote, variant of lotte;.
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