• IPA: /ˈhɛd͡ʒɪɹə/

hegira (plural hegiras)

  1. A journey taken to escape from danger; an exodus.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry for Freedom, Oxford 2003, p. 43:
      By all odds the most remarkable westward migration before the California gold rush of 1849 was the Mormon hegira to the Great Salt Lake basin.

Proper noun
  1. Alternative form of Hijra.

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