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 for diaspora
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diaspora \Di*as"po*ra\, n. [Gr. ?. See Diaspore.]
     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
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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)

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