Definition for RO'TA

RO'TA, n. [L. rota, W. rhod, a wheel; allied to rhedu, to run. See Rotary.]

  1. An ecclesiastical court of Rome, composed of twelve prelates, of whom one must be a German, another a Frenchman, and two Spaniards; the other eight are Italians. This is one of the most august tribunals in Rome, taking cognizance of all suits in the territory of the church by appeal, and of all matters beneficiary and patrimonial. Encyc.
  2. In English history, a club of politicians, who, in the time of Charles I, contemplated an equal government by rotation. Hudibras.

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