from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as Nelumbo.
  • noun In decorative art, the lotus-flower represented conventionally, especially when supporting the figure of a divine personage. See lotus.


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  • They might draw from the waters, which cover a very small part of the fertile valley, fish enough to support, with the nelumbium nuts, nearly the whole of the present population; but then they are lotus-eaters, and as such improvident and indolent by all rules of poetry and legend.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • The nelumbium, or so-called Egyptian lotus, should not be transplanted till growth begins to show in the roots in the spring.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • This lake had evidently been in former times the course of the river: its surface was much covered with aquatic plants, amongst which were nelumbium luteum and hydropeltis purpurea: on the broad leaves of the former a great number of water snakes were basking, which on my approach darted into the water.

    Travels in the Interior of America, in the Years 1809, 1810, and 1811


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