from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of lotus.
  • n. The basic monetary unit of the currency of the Kingdom of Lesotho, introduced in 1980 to replace the South African rand as legal tender.
  • n. A coin or banknote betokening a value in (ma)loti.


Sotho, from Maloti, a range of mountains in Lesotho.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin lōtī, the nominative plural form of lōtus ("Egyptian lotus flower”, “date-plum"). (Wiktionary)
From the Sotho loti, singular derivation of maloti, mulati ("mountains"); compare Maloti. (Wiktionary)


  • Like the pulut guy will yell pulut panggang, the roti guy early in the morning cycling on this trishaw with a big cart of all sorts of bread in them yelling 'loti', ice cream guy will go 'pingkiling'! News

  • Currency (code): loti (LSL); South African rand (ZAR)


  • But keep in mind, now, as General Abizaid said out of Qatar yesterday -- he's the CENTCOM commander -- that, you know, we have a loti of reservations about, you know, the reliability of Iraqi forces because they did not, you know, really join up in terms of helping us to reject what's going on in Falluja and elsewhere over the last couple of months.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2004

  • Another factor was the low exchange rate of the Lesotho loti in relation to the US dollar which has resulted in price increase of imports and other goods, including grain, following the events of

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In addition, the organization points out: "Lesotho's monetary policy of a one-to-one exchange rate peg between the loti (Lesotho currency) and the rand will help maintain monetary stability and relatively low inflation."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Basotho loti is at par with the South African rand

    The 1994 CIA World Factbook

  • Currency: 1 loti (L) = 100 lisente; note - maloti (M) is the plural form of loti

    The 2000 CIA World Factbook

  • African rand which is also legal tender; maloti is the plural form of loti

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Currency: 1 loti (L) = 100 lisente note: maloti (M) is the plural form of loti

    The 1999 CIA Factbook

  • But his painting of its harvest of colour is his own: quin et odoratis messis iam floribus instat: iam ver purpureum, iam versicoloribus anni fetibus alma parens pingi sua tempora gaudet. iam Phrygiae loti gemmantia lumina promunt et coniventis oculos violaria solvunt (255).

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal


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