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or lotah

[loh-tuh] /ˈloʊ tə/
(in India) a small container for water, usually of brass or copper and round in shape.
Origin of lota
First recorded in 1800-10, lota is from the Hindi word lotā Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As we advance, the woods of lota and Dunkettle unite in one fine mass.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • By way of punishment, lota had to learn four verses of a hymn after dinner.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge
  • These particular rose-cakes were the best lota had ever made.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge
  • He borrowed a "lota" or brass water bowl of one of the servants.

    Indian Conjuring L. H. Branson
  • Pike were also taken in the net, and a species of burbot (Gadus lota).

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Had that lota fallen, what a dire omen would it have been to him!

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • I asked of the Belha who presented me with a lota of water for the purposes of ablution.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • You ought to have drunk it, you know, as medicine, out of your own lota (brass vessel).

  • Rujub had lighted a fire, and was boiling some rice in a lota.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • He hastened down and fetched his lota, and proceeded in the direction of the pool.

British Dictionary definitions for lota


a globular water container, usually of brass, used in India, Myanmar, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi lotā
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