• WordNet 3.6
    • n Nelumbo sometimes placed in the family Nymphaeaceae: lotuses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Nelumbo (Bot) A genus of great water lilies. The North American species is Nelumbo lutea, the Asiatic is the sacred lotus, Nelumbo speciosa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nelumbo A genus of water-lilies, forming the tribe Nelumboneæ in the order Nymphæaceæ, known by the broadly obconical receptacle. There are two species, plants with creeping rootstocks in shallow water, the large bluish-green centrally peltate leaves on thick stalks, commonly projecting from the water, the solitary flower very large. N. speciosa, the nelumbo of tropical and subtropical Asia and Australia, the Pythagorean or sacred bean of the ancients, has the flowers deep rose-colored with white and blue cultivated varieties. (See lotus, 1, and arrowroot.) N. lutea, the American nelumbo, water-chinkapin, or wankapin, with leaves of circular outline sometimes 2 feet in diameter, the flowers 5 to 10 inches broad with papery yellowish petals, abounds in the waters of the interior and southern United States. See water-chinkapin.
    • n nelumbo A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nelumbo nē-lum′bō a genus of water-lilies including the Egyptian Bean of Pythagoras, and the Hindu Lotus
    • Nelumbo Also Nelum′bium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ceylonese word


In literature:

Nelumbo, 189, 190; Fig.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
It was filled with pond-weed and nelumbo foliage.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
When they arrived, Nelumbo threw herself on the bed, without being able to stop weeping.
"Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures" by Unknown