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Noun: Israel  iz-ree-ul [N. Amer], 'iz,rey-ul [Brit]
  1. Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
    - State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion
  2. An ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC

Derived forms: Israels

Type of: country, kingdom, land, state

Part of: Middle East, Mideast, Near East

Encyclopedia: Israel, WV