- Gr. Legend
- a fruit inducing a dreamy languor and forgetfulness
- the plant bearing this fruit, variously supposed to be the date, the jujube, etc.
- any of various waterlilies, esp. the white lotus (Nymphaea lotus), once sacred in Egypt, or the pink or white Asian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), used as a religious symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism
- a representation of any of these plants in ancient, esp. Egyptian, sculpture and architecture
- any of a genus (Lotus) of plants of the pea family, with irregular, pinnate leaves and yellow, purple, or white flowers
Origin of lotusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek l?tos ; from Classical Hebrew (language) l??
- a. Either of two aquatic plants, Nelumbo nucifera of Asia and Australia with pink flowers, or N. lutea of eastern North America with yellow flowers, or their cultivated varieties, having large round leaves, fragrant many-petaled flowers, a round perforated seedpod, and fleshy rhizomes.b. The edible seed, leaf, or rhizome of either of these plants.c. Any of several water lilies, especially Nymphaea caerula or N. lotus.d. An artistic representation of the flower or bud of any of various lotuses or similar plants.
- Any of several leguminous plants of the genus Lotus.
- Greek Mythology a. A small Mediterranean tree or shrub whose fruit was eaten by the lotus-eaters.b. The fruit of this plant.
Origin of lotusLatin l&omacron;tus, name of several plants, from Greek l&omacron;tos.
(plural lotuses or loti)
- A kind of aquatic plant, genus Nelumbo in the family Nelumbonaceae.
- A water lily, genus Nymphaea, especially those of Egypt or India.
- A legendary plant eaten by the Lotophagi of the Odyssey that caused drowsiness and euphoria.
- A number of other plants bearing "lotus" in their scientific or common names.
- Diospyros lotus
- An architectural motif of ancient Egyptian temples.
From Latin lÅtus
lotus - Computer Definition
(IBM Lotus, formerly the Lotus Software Group, www.lotus.com) A major software company founded in 1981 by Mitch Kapor. It achieved outstanding success by introducing Lotus 1-2-3, the first spreadsheet for the IBM PC. Over the years, it developed a variety of applications and helped set industry standards. In 1989, Lotus introduced Lotus Notes, the first major groupware product, which continues to be a strong contender in this arena. In 1990, it acquired Samna Corporation, developers of the popular, Windows-based Ami word processors. Lotus was acquired by IBM in 1995 and operates as one of its software brands, along with Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere.