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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quota \Quo"ta\ (kw[=o]"t[.a]), n. [LL., fr. L. quota (sc. pars), fr. quotus which or what in number, of what number, how many, fr. quot how many, akin to quis, qui, who: cf. It. quota a share. See Who.] 1. A proportional part or share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division. "Quota of troops and money." --Motley. [1913 Webster] 2. a share of effort required to be performed, or a share of resources required to be contributed to some common purpose. [PJC]