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hegira (n.)

flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina (July 16, 622 C.E.), the event from which the Islamic calendar reckons, 1580s, from Medieval Latin hegira, from Arabic hijrah "departure," from hajara "to depart."

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Definitions of hegira
1
hegira (n.)
a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment;
Synonyms: exodus / hejira
2
Hegira (n.)
the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year) } (*+* NEEDS WORK geo *+*;
Synonyms: Hejira
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