The Plural of LotusThe plural of lotus is lotuses or loti.
- Lotuses are found in white and pink colors and they grow in shallow and murky waters.
- Lotuses are symbols of purity and enlightenment.
The noun lotus adheres to the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English (shown in the table below).
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| lamp
|add s|| lamps
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| lotus
|add es|| lotuses
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| hero
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
|Nouns ending [vowel] o|| patio
|add s|| patios
|Nouns ending [consonant] y|| story
|change the y to an i and add es|| stories
|Nouns ending [vowel] y|| donkey
|add s|| donkey
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
hooves or hoofs
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change|| men
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
|Foreign rulings|| lotus
|some nouns adopt foreign rulings|| loti
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Lotus?Confusion arises over the plural of lotus because its original plural form (loti) derives from Latin and native English speakers are drawn to lotuses, which adheres to the standard ruling for forming plurals.
Both lotuses and loti are acceptable. Of note, lotuses is the more common plural. (See the evidence in Google's Ngram Viewer.)