One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Either of two large water lilies.
(also 'sacred lotus') a red-flowered Asian lily (Nelumbo nucifera, family Nelumbonaceae).
(also 'Egyptian lotus') a lily regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt (the white-flowered Nymphaea lotus and the blue-flowered N. caerulea, family Nymphaeaceae).
- ‘If tourists visit the garden in summer, they will be astonished by the pleasing green and red of thickly dotted lotuses.’
- ‘If your pond is at least three feet deep, you can experiment with wild rice, water lotus, and water lily.’
- ‘The stout tubers of the waterlily and the lotus are edible when properly prepared, and have been an important starch crop both in Asia and North America.’
- ‘In early summer, the new lotuses bud and come out of the water, so the green water is dotted with white and pink flowers.’
- ‘Choose round containers for lotuses so future runners don't get jammed in square corners.’
- ‘A male bee enticed by the fragrance of the lotus flew into it.’
- ‘Only the local fishermen know their way through the maze of tall reeds to the oases of lotuses and water lilies concealed within.’
- ‘Apart from using the water, they can also be home to water plants such as lilies and lotuses.’
- ‘All water lilies and lotuses studied have aerenchyma.’
- ‘The water level is low, and red lotuses float on its surface.’
- ‘Red lotuses floated on the surface of the water.’
- ‘The pond is full of lotuses, with their red, blue, green, white and yellow flowers emitting rays of light of the same colors.’
- ‘Many indigenous fish species in the lake, such as catfish, locally known as keting, melem and belida disappeared when people started taking the lotuses from the lake.’
- ‘The flower of summer was the lotus, autumn the chrysanthemum, winter the plum blossom, and spring the peony.’
- ‘Many serious photographers were already in attendance to catch lotuses in full morning light.’
- ‘Wild rice could have been found in the deeper waters of the backwater sloughs along with white water lily, American lotus, arrowleaf, duckweeds, and pondweed.’
- ‘We would play around the fountains, and if we had money to hire a boat from the boating club, go boating in the ponds navigating carefully through a crowd of lotuses and lilies.’
- ‘You see Thais offering white lotuses, waving incense and kneeling in quiet prayer at the various temples to the Enlightened One.’
- ‘Dotted across the ponds lotus flowers and water lilies are coming into bloom.’
- ‘With a larger pond, you can have lilies or tiger lotus, maybe some taro or umbrella palm that will help shade the pond surface.’
A plant whose fruit induced a dreamy forgetfulness and an unwillingness to leave.
- ‘The music is inspired by the Ancient Greek myth of island dwellers whose diet of fruit from the lotus tree makes them forget their past troubles.’
- ‘The starving men ate the fruit, but Ulysses quickly understood that the lotus fruit destroyed men's memories.’
3The flower of the sacred lotus as a symbol in Asian art and religion.‘a myth of creation states that Buddha was born of a thousand-petalled gold lotus’
- ‘Two Swords are crossed in inner and outer conflict today but the flowering lotus, a symbol of love, in the middle of the two swords brings peace and compromise.’
- ‘The Asian sacred lotus represents the highest branch on the botanical family tree that shows heat generation.’
- ‘The lotus flower symbolises the complete purification of the defilements of the body, speech and mind, and the full blossoming of wholesome deeds in blissful liberation.’
- ‘In one popular depiction, he sits on a lotus flower between the Hindu gods Brahm and Indra and creates a vast number of lotuses all with himself seated in their centers.’
- ‘Ganesh offers her one of his enchanted lotus flowers so that she might visit Buddha in the sky.’
4short for lotus position
Late 15th century (denoting a type of clover or trefoil, described by Homer as food for horses): via Latin from Greek lōtos, of Semitic origin. The term was used by classical writers to denote various trees and plants; the legendary plant ( lotus (sense 2)), mentioned by Homer, was thought by later Greek writers to be Ziziphus lotus, a relative of the jujube.
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