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rote2

[roht] /roʊt/
noun, Music.
1.
crowd2 .
Also, rota, rotta, rotte.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *hrota (compare Old High German hruozza); akin to crowd2

rotte

[rot] /rɒt/
noun, Music.
1.
rote2 .
Also, rotta
[rot-uh] /ˈrɒt ə/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for rotta

rote1

/rəʊt/
noun
1.
a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
2.
by rote, by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)
Word Origin
C14: origin unknown

rote2

/rəʊt/
noun
1.
an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth
Word Origin
C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte
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Word Origin and History for rotta

rote

n.

c.1300, "custom, habit," in phrase bi rote "by heart," of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be connected with Old French rote "route" (see route (n.)), or from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary), but OED calls both suggestions groundless.

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Idioms and Phrases with rotta

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Encyclopedia Article for rotta

rote

medieval European stringed musical instrument. The name is frequently applied to the boxlike lyres with straight or waisted sides frequently pictured in medieval illustrations of musical instruments. Some surviving writings, however, indicate that contemporary writers may have applied the name to the harp. The rotta probably originated in Ireland as the cruit and spread to the European continent. The Irish name is related to crwth, the Welsh bowed lyre.

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