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bota

[boh-tuh; Spanish baw-tah] /ˈboʊ tə; Spanish ˈbɔ tɑ/
noun, plural botas
[boh-tuh z; Spanish baw-tahs] /ˈboʊ təz; Spanish ˈbɔ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
Also called bota bag. a wine bag of Spain made of untanned goatskin and usually holding 1–2 liters (1.1–2.2 quarts).
2.
a wine barrel of Spain holding 500 liters (132 U.S. gallons).
Origin of bota
< Spanish < Late Latin butta, buttis cask; see butt4
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  • On getting up in the morning Sancho Panza was grieved to find the contents of his bota decidedly diminished.

    The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The bota is the retail receptacle, the cuero is the wholesale one.

    Gatherings From Spain Richard Ford
  • The bota passed from hand to hand, while the ladies, seated on carpets, were sipping water and smoking their cigarettes.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • They are taking wine from the bota, the long-spouted leather bottle from which only the Spaniard has the skill to drink.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley

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