Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A departure of a large number of people.
  • n. The departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden departure of a large number of people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A going out; particularly (the Exodus), the going out or journey of the Israelites from Egypt under the conduct of Moses; and hence, any large migration from a place.
  • n. The second of the Old Testament, which contains the narrative of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A going out; departure from a place; especially, the migration of large bodies of people or animals from one country or region to another; specifically, in history, the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.
  • n. [capitalized] The second book of the Old Testament, designated by the Jews by its two initial words, or, more commonly, by the second of them, Shemōth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
  • n. the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses; God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus

Etymologies

Late Latin, from Greek exodos : ex-, out; see exo- + hodos, way, journey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔξοδος (exodos, "expedition, procession, departure") From late Old English only as a proper noun, Exodus, the biblical book; use as a common noun is from the early 17th century. (Wiktionary)

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  • They do share the Greek root "ex-" -- "out of". Ex-hodos is a road out. Exotikos is a variational lengthening of some adverbial form of the root. Something from way out there.

    October 14, 2009

  • And unless it's an exodus to the exotic. That is, an escape from one place to another. Using basic definitions. Indeed if an exodus isn't exotic it won't be an exodus.

    October 14, 2009

  • Unless it’s employed to describe the Exodus From The Long Sun [whorl] through space toward either of two planets called Green and Blue.

    October 14, 2009

  • Makes me think of the word exotic, yet there is nothing exotic about it at all.

    October 14, 2009