This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Com modore Macauley, of the United States navy, has recently published a "Manual for the Use of Students in Egyptology." He gives the ancient signs, as found used in their inscriptions, the modern Egyptian word for these signs, and the English word which stands for them.
It is extremely interesting to note that our word "flower," in Egyptian "herer," before letters to represent sounds were invented, was represented in this ancient sign language, by the Nelumbium or Lotus and the Rosebud. The Lotus is represented by a full face view, with fully expanded petals. The Rose is given as a side view - as in a comparatively young bud. Though Commodore Macauley does not say so - rendering both simply as meaning " a flower" - it may be that, as the two figures occur independently, a full blown flower was intended when the Lotus was used, and a mere "flower bud" or unopened flower by the rose.