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Latin for zero. From صفر sifr, zero. Medieval Arabic sifr -> Latin zephirum = "zero" (used by Leonardo of Pisa in 1202) -> Old Italian zefiro (used by Piero Borgi in the 1480s) -> contracted to zero in Old Italian before 1485 -> French zéro 1485 -> English zero 1604; rare in English before 1800. Crossref cipher.

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