a·li·yah or A·li·yah (ä′lē-ä, ə-lēə)
n. pl. a·li·yahs also a·li·yot (ä′lē-ōt) or A·li·yahs also A·li·yot
1. Immigration by Jews into Israel or into Palestine before the founding of the state of Israel: The young couple made aliyah.
2. Any of the historical waves of such immigration.
[Hebrew 'ălīyâ, ascent, from 'ālâ, to ascend; see ʿly in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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