1 (in Greek mythology) a legendary plant inducing luxurious languor when eaten.
2 a any water lily of the genus Nelumbo, esp. N. nucifera of India, with large pink flowers. b this flower used symbolically in Hinduism and Buddhism.
3 an Egyptian water lily, Nymphaea lotus, with white flowers.
4 any plant of the genus Lotus, e.g. bird's foot trefoil.
lotus-eater a person given to indolent enjoyment. lotus-land a place of indolent enjoyment. lotus position a cross-legged position of meditation with the feet resting on the thighs.
L f. Gk lotos, of Semitic orig.