Definition of jota
1 : a Spanish folk dance in 3⁄4 time performed by a man and a woman to intricate castanet and heel rhythms
2 : the music of the jota
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Origin and Etymology of jota
Spanish, probably from Old Spanish sota dance, from sotar to dance, from Latin saltare — more at saltant
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