Pronunciation: (hij'ru), [key]
—n. (sometimes l.c.) Islam.
1. the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
2. the Muslim Era itself. Also,Hegira,Hij'rah.
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