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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 di·as·po·ra /daɪˈæsp(ə)rə, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·as·po·ra n.  Lit., “Dispersion.” -- applied collectively: (a) To those Jews who, after the Exile, were scattered through the Old World, and afterwards to Jewish Christians living among heathen. Cf. --James i. 1. (b) By extension, to Christians isolated from their own communion, as among the Moravians to those living, usually as missionaries, outside of the parent congregation.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine
           or modern Israel
      2: the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the
         destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when
         they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time
      3: the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally
         localized (as a people or language or culture)