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 for Nelumbium speciosum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sacred \Sa"cred\, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to
     consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred,
     holy, cursed. Cf. Consecrate, Execrate, Saint,
     1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a
        good sense, made holy; set apart to religious use;
        consecrated; not profane or common; as, a sacred place; a
        sacred day; sacred service.
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     2. Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not
        secular; religious; as, sacred history.
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              Smit with the love of sacred song.    --Milton.
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     3. Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the
        highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or
        veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable.
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              Such neighbor nearness to our sacred [royal] blood
              Should nothing privilege him.         --Shak.
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              Poet and saint to thee alone were given,
              The two most sacred names of earth and heaven.
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     4. Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable.
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              Secrets of marriage still are sacred held. --Dryden.
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     5. Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to.
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              A temple, sacred to the queen of love. --Dryden.
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     6. Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance,
        curse, or the like; accursed; baleful. [Archaic]
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              But, to destruction sacred and devote. --Milton.
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     Society of the Sacred Heart (R.C. Ch.), a religious order
        of women, founded in France in 1800, and approved in 1826.
        It was introduced into America in 1817. The members of the
        order devote themselves to the higher branches of female
     Sacred baboon. (Zool.) See Hamadryas.
     Sacred bean (Bot.), a seed of the Oriental lotus ({Nelumbo
        speciosa or Nelumbium speciosum), a plant resembling a
        water lily; also, the plant itself. See Lotus.
     Sacred beetle (Zool.) See Scarab.
     Sacred canon. See Canon, n., 3.
     Sacred fish (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        fresh-water African fishes of the family Mormyridae.
        Several large species inhabit the Nile and were considered
        sacred by the ancient Egyptians; especially Mormyrus
     Sacred ibis. See Ibis.
     Sacred monkey. (Zool.)
        (a) Any Asiatic monkey of the genus Semnopithecus,
            regarded as sacred by the Hindoos; especially, the
            entellus. See Entellus.
        (b) The sacred baboon. See Hamadryas.
        (c) The bhunder, or rhesus monkey.
     Sacred place (Civil Law), the place where a deceased person
        is buried.
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     Syn: Holy; divine; hallowed; consecrated; dedicated; devoted;
          religious; venerable; reverend.
          [1913 Webster] -- Sa"cred*ly, adv. -- Sa"cred*ness,
          [1913 Webster] Sacrific

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lotus \Lo"tus\ (l[=o]"t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto`s. Cf.
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) A name of several kinds of water lilies; as Nelumbium
            speciosum, used in religious ceremonies, anciently in
            Egypt, and to this day in Asia; Nelumbium luteum,
            the American lotus; and Nymph[ae]a Lotus and
            Nymph[ae]a c[ae]rulea, the respectively
            white-flowered and blue-flowered lotus of modern
            Egypt, which, with Nelumbium speciosum, are figured
            on its ancient monuments.
        (b) The lotus of the lotuseaters, probably a tree found in
            Northern Africa, Sicily, Portugal, and Spain
            ({Zizyphus Lotus), the fruit of which is mildly
            sweet. It was fabled by the ancients to make strangers
            who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all
            desire to return to it.
        (c) The lote, or nettle tree. See Lote.
        (d) A genus ({Lotus) of leguminous plants much resembling
            clover. [Written also lotos.]
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     European+lotus,+a+small+tree+({Diospyros+Lotus">European lotus, a small tree ({Diospyros Lotus) of
        Southern Europe and Asia; also, its rather large bluish
        black berry, which is called also the date plum.
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     2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture,
        generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian
        water lily.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Egyptian \E*gyp"tian\, a. [L. Aegyptius, Gr. ?, fr. ? (L.
     Aegyptus) Egypt: cf. F. ['e]gyptien. Cf. Gypsy.]
     Pertaining to Egypt, in Africa.
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     Egyptian bean. (Bot.)
     (a) The beanlike fruit of an aquatic plant ({Nelumbium
         speciosum), somewhat resembling the water lily.
     (b) See under Bean, 1.
     Egyptian cross. See Illust. (No. 6) of Cross.
     Egyptian+thorn+(Bot.),+a+medium-sized+tree+({Acacia+vera">Egyptian thorn (Bot.), a medium-sized tree ({Acacia vera).
        It is one of the chief sources of the best gum arabic.
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