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.
Any of several leguminous plants of the genus Lotus.
(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. See Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus menu.
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 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.
Origin of lotus
- Latin lōtus name of several plants from Greek lōtos
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin lōtus