jota

jota

[hoh-tuh; Spanish haw-tah]
noun, plural jotas [hoh-tuhz; Spanish haw-tahs] .
1.
a Spanish dance in triple meter, performed by a couple and marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
2.
the music for this dance.

Origin:
1840–50; < Spanish, probably Old Spanish sota dance, derivative of sotar to dance < Latin saltāre

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jota (Spanish ˈxɔta)
 
n
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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jota

courtship dance traditional in northern Spain, particularly Aragon; also a genre of folk song that precedes and accompanies the dance or is sung only. The dancing couple hold their arms high and click castanets as they execute lively, bouncing steps to guitar music and singing. The singing consists of coplas, improvised verses of satire, love, or piety. The verse form varies but is frequently a four- or seven-line stanza of eight-syllable lines. The music is in 34 or 38 time.

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