Lotophagi

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Lotophagi (Class. Myth) A people visited by Ulysses in his wanderings. They subsisted on the lotus. See Lotus, and Lotus-eater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lotophagi The lotus-eaters; in Gr. legend, especially as given in the Odyssey, the name of a people who ate the fruit of a plant called the lotus, conjecturally identified with various plants which have borne that name. Those of the followers of Odysseus or Ulysses who ate of it are described as being rendered forgetful of their friends and unwilling to return to their own land. In historical times a people known under the name of Lotophagi lived on the northern coast of Africa in Tripoli, and on the island of Meninx (Lotophagitis, modern Jerba) in Tunis. See lotus, 1, and lotus-eater.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns.pl Lotophagi a people who ate the fruit of the lotus, among whom Ulysses lived for a time
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; the lotus + to eat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

LOTUS EATERS or LOTOPHAGI, an ancient people inhabiting a district of Cyrenaica, on the NE.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He destroys Ismarus, city of the Ciconians; arrives among the Lotophagi; and afterwards at the land of the Cyclops.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
He told of his arrival in the country of the Lotophagi, people who lived on lotos, and of the frightful dangers he encountered in the isle of Cyclops.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
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