lotus-eater


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lo·tus-eat·er

(lō′təs-ē′tər)
n.
1. Lotus-eater or Lotus Eater Greek Mythology One of a people described in the Odyssey who lived in a drugged, indolent state from feeding on the lotus.
2. A lazy person devoted to pleasure and luxury.
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lotus-eater

n
(Classical Myth & Legend) 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
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lo′tus-eat`er



n.
1. a member of a people in Homer's Odyssey who, from eating the fruit of the legendary lotus, lived in a state of languorous forgetfulness.
2. a person who leads a life of indolent ease.
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Noun1.lotus-eater - someone indifferent to the busy world; "in the Odyssey Homer tells of lotus-eaters who live in dreamy indolence"
daydreamer, woolgatherer - someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
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Translations

lotus-eater

nLotophage m, → Lotosesser(in) m(f); (fig)Müßiggänger(in) m(f)
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"I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of nine days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Lotus-eaters, who live on a food that comes from a kind of flower.
{77} with the Lotus-eaters without thinking further of their return; nevertheless, though they wept bitterly I forced them back to the ships and made them fast under the benches.
The Nothingness held him and would not yield him up, although, could Michael have journeyed a ten-days' steamer-journey into the South Pacific to the Marquesas, Steward he would have found, and, along with him, Kwaque and the Ancient Mariner, all three living like lotus-eaters on the beach-paradise of Taiohae.
I did not come to the "Princess," either, until I had saturated my fancy and my memory with some of the shorter poems, with the "Dream of Fair Women," with the "Lotus-Eaters," with the "Miller's Daughter," with the "Morte d'Arthur," with "Edwin Morris, or The Lake," with "Love and Duty," and a score of other minor and briefer poems.
And so the young man returns into the country of the lotus-eaters, and takes up his dwelling there in the face of all men; and if any help be sent by his friends to the oligarchical part of him, the aforesaid vain conceits shut the gate of the king's fastness; and they will neither allow the embassy itself to enter, private if private advisers offer the fatherly counsel of the aged will they listen to them or receive them.
Mladin is the lotus-eater. I am the rover, always pushing off for newer worlds.
What is more, the success temporarily turned me from slothful Lotus-Eater (see Alfred Lord Tennyson: 'That afternoon they came unto a land, a land in which it seemed always afternoon') to hyperactive humming-bird.
sleeve; or a dumbfounded skeptic or a vixen or a lotus-eater or a
To encapsulate their views Lyons uses the terms cannibal tour and lotus-eater tour, the modern versions of the literature of encounter, both of which are determined by the need to overcome "colonial shame by embracing Oceanians, who are now considered as unthreatening" (136), but remain intent on presenting the islands in similar terms, as spaces accessible to westerners, as the settings of colonial fantasies whose refreshed versions continue to be realised.