Dictionary > Lotus

Lotus

Lotus
1. (Science: botany) 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. 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.
The lote, or nettle tree. See lote.
a genus (lotus) of leguminous plants much resembling clover.
alternative forms: lotos 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.
2. An ornament much used in egyptian architecture, generally asserted to have been suggested by the egyptian water lily.
Origin: L. Lotus, gr. Cf. Lote.


You will also like...

Principles of Hormonal Control Systems
Principles of Hormonal Control Systems

Hormones are essential in the regulation of the activity of the various biological systems of the human body. The ineffi..

"Opabinia regalis"
The Evolutionary Development of Multicellular Organisms

Multicellular organisms evolved. The first ones were likely in the form of sponges. Multicellularity led to the evolutio..

Angle Oak Tree
Seed Plants

Seed plants are vascular plants. They differ from the other vascular plants in producing seeds that germinate into a new..

Origins of Life on Earth
Origins of Life on Earth

Earth was created around 4.5 billion years ago and life began not long after. Primitive life likely possessed the elemen..

Consciousness and behavior
Consciousness and Behavior

Human consciousness and behavior are an interesting topic since they are determined and controlled by the brain. Conscio..

Nephrolepis exaltata
Vascular Plants: Ferns and Relatives

Ferns and their relatives are vascular plants, meaning they have xylem and phloem tissues. Because of the presence of va..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics