Lemizh / English dictionary
to make an energy unit, an energy of 3.708 millijoules (see appendix, Units of measurement)
nÌ iotìly. not the slightest amount, lit. ‘not a iotỳ’
< NLem iote‑a, academic loan of
< Koi ἰότη‑ς ‘wish’, of unknown origin
The idea behind this unit is that the (potential, kinetic, etc.) energy contained in an object represents its ‘wish’ to perform work.
The phrase ‘not a iotỳ’ comes from the fact that this is a pretty small unit of energy.