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Exodus

The Exodus of Israel. The departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the guidance of Moses. We now speak of the Exodus of Irelandi.e. the departure of the Irish in large numbers for America; the Exodus of the Acadiansi.e. the expulsion of these colonists from Nova Scotia in the reign of George II.; etc. (Greek, ex odos, a journey out.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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