Definitions for jotaˈhoʊ tə, -tɑ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jo•taˈhoʊ tə, -tɑ(n.)(pl.)-tas.
a Spanish dance marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of jota:
1840–50; < Sp, prob. OSp sota dance, der. of sotar to dance < L saltāre
A traditional popular dance of the Iberian peninsula with regional variations.
The music to which this dance is set, normally of 3/4 or 6/8 time.