he·gi·ra also he·ji·ra (hĭ-jīrə, hĕjər-ə)
1. A flight to escape danger.
2. also Hegira The flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD, marking the beginning of the Muslim era.
[Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijra, emigration, flight, from hajara, to depart; see hgr in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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