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Lotus
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(λωτός/lōtós, Lat. lotos, -us). The plant name, which is also attested in Semitic, refers among the Greeks of Asia Minor from the 8th cent. BC to several species from the families of the water lilies (Nymphaeaceae) and the crowfoot plants (Ranunculaceae) with round leaves, radial symmetrical individual blossoms and storage roots rich in starch. The identification of the Homeric forage plant lotus (Hom. Il. 2,776; 12,283; 14,348; 21,351; Od. 4,603) with species of clover, which [1. 1530] rightly criticized already in 1927, probably goes back…

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Herzhoff, Bernhard (Trier), “Lotus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e710100>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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