noun (sometimes lowercase) Islam.
the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
the Muslim Era itself.
Also, Hegira, Hijrah.

< Arabic hijrah flight, departure

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hijra (ˈhɪdʒrə)
(in India) a person who adopts a gender role that is neither male nor female
[Urdu: eunuch]

Hijrah (ˈhɪdʒrə)
a variant of Hegira

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Main Entry:  Hijrah
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the flight of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE
Example:  The Islamic calendar dates to the Hijrah.
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