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n. pl. Se·phar·dim (-dĭm)
A descendant of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal during the Middle Ages until persecution culminating in expulsion in 1492 forced them to leave.

[Medieval Hebrew səpāraddî, Spaniard, from səpārad, Spain, adoption of Hebrew səpārad, placename of disputed location (mentioned in Obadiah 20).]

Se·phar′dic (-dĭk) adj.
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[seˈfɑːdɪk] ADJsefardí, sefardita
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