He wants to find one of the plants most elusive to him: the lotus flower, native to Asia.
When we got to the door of lotus, the then-hot spot on West 14th Street, there was an enormous crowd pushing to get in.
B. With his legs folded before him, he had the pose of a Buddha preaching in European clothes and without a lotus flower.
1540s, from Latin lotus, from Greek lotos, name used for several plants before it came to mean Egyptian white lotus (a sense attested in English from 1580s); perhaps from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew lot "myrrh"). The yogic sense is attested from 1848. Lotus-eaters (1812) are from Greek lotophagoi, mentioned in "Odyssey," book IX.