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jota

[hoh-tuh; Spanish haw-tah] /ˈhoʊ tə; Spanish ˈhɔ tɑ/
noun, plural jotas
[hoh-tuh z; Spanish haw-tahs] /ˈhoʊ təz; Spanish ˈhɔ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a Spanish dance in triple meter, performed by a couple and marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
2.
the music for this dance.
Origin of jota
1840-1850
1840-50; < Spanish, probably Old Spanish sota dance, derivative of sotar to dance < Latin saltāre
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jota

/Spanish ˈxɔta/
noun
1.
a Spanish dance with castanets in fast triple time, usually to a guitar and voice accompaniment
Word Origin
Spanish, probably modification of Old Spanish sota, from sotar to dance, from Latin saltāre
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n.

Spanish folk dance; by 1846, of uncertain etymology.

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