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[loh-tuh s-ee-ter] /ˈloʊ təsˌi tər/
Classical Mythology. a member of a people whom Odysseus found existing in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by their eating of the fruit of the legendary lotus; one of the lotophagi.
a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.
Origin of lotus-eater
1825-35; singular of lotus-eaters, translation of Greek Lōtophágoi, noun use of masculine plural of lōtophágos lotus-eating. See lotus, -phagous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus we mark the inner transition: the active principle of that which was a passive lotus-eater is the Cyclops, a Polyphemus.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • About it were chairs and divans that would have satisfied a lotus-eater.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • We may be happy for a brief while, with the brief happiness of a lotus-eater; but it cannot last—it cannot last!

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • The lotus-eater gave up family and country; "chewing the lotus, he forgot the return."

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • In this case I waited till I felt like a lotus-eater who could have stayed on forever.

    A-Birding on a Bronco Florence A. Merriam
  • The fog lifted and I've been living the life of a lotus-eater—but now I've got to go back into the fog.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • He was still lost in the dreams of the lotus-eater when he heard something that resembled the rattling of his own noisy car.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • She was dreaming already with her eyes open, and she sank into number six in a lotus-eater's reverie.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for lotus-eater


(Greek myth) one of a people encountered by Odysseus in North Africa who lived in indolent forgetfulness, drugged by the fruit of the legendary lotus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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