Ashdod

[ ash-dod; Sephardic Hebrew ahsh-dawd ]
/ ˈæʃ dɒd; Sephardic Hebrew ɑʃˈdɔd /

noun

a town in W Israel: an important ancient Philistine city; early center of Christianity.

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Ashdod
/ (ˈæʃdɒd) /

noun

a town in central Israel, on the Mediterranean coast: an important city in the Philistine Empire, with its artificial harbour (1961) it is now a major port. Pop: 192 000 (2003 est)
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