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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin rotalis (wheeled, turning), from rota (wheel) + -alis (-al: forming adjectives). In reference to motion, under the influence of earlier rotary.


rotal (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to wheels.
  2. (obsolete) Alternative form of rotary: of or relating to circular motion.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin and Italian Rota (an ecclesiastical appellate court in the Catholic Church) + -al (forming adjectives), under the influence of Latin rotalis.


rotal (not comparable)

  1. (Catholicism) Of or relating to the Rota.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Arabic رطل (ruṭl), variant of classical riṭl, ultimately from Ancient Greek λίτρα (lítra).


rotal (plural rotals)

  1. (historical units of measure, obsolete) Alternative form of rottol: a former Middle Eastern and North African unit of dry weight variously equal to 1–5 lbs. (.5–2.5 kg.).


  • "rotal, adj.", and "rottol, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.