or Lotophagi, in Homeric legend, are a people who ate of
the lotus-tree, the effect of which was to make them forget their
friends and homes, and to lose all desire of returning to their native
land, their only wish being to live in idleness in Lotus-land. (Odyssey, xi.)
One living in ease and luxury. Lord Tennyson has a poem called The Lotus Eaters
. The drink is made from the Zizyphus Lotus
, which grows in Jerbah, an island near Tunis.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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