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  1. a plural suffix occurring in taxonomic names, especially of phyla: Eumycota.
Compare -ote.

Origin of -ota

< New Latin < Greek, neuter plural of -ōtos, equivalent to -ō- (see -osis) + -tos adj. suffix; cf. zygote
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