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(Dancing) a Spanish dance with castanets in fast triple time, usually to a guitar and voice accompaniment
[Spanish, probably modification of Old Spanish sota, from sotar to dance, from Latin saltāre]
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jo•ta(ˈhoʊ tə, -tɑ)
n., pl. -tas.
a Spanish dance marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
[1840–50; < Sp, probably Old Spanish sota dance, derivative of sotar to dance < Latin saltāre]
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