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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Legion  \Le"gion\  (l[=e]"j[u^]n),  n.  [OE.  legioun,  OF  legion,  F. 
  l['e]gion,  fr  L.  legio,  fr  legere  to  gather,  collect.  See 
  {Legend}.] 
  1.  (Rom.  Antiq.)  A  body  of  foot  soldiers  and  cavalry 
  consisting  of  different  numbers  at  different  periods,  -- 
  from  about  four  thousand  to  about  six  thousand  men,  --  the 
  cavalry  being  about  one  tenth 
 
  2.  A  military  force;  an  army;  military  bands. 
 
  3.  A  great  number;  a  multitude. 
 
  Where  one  sin  has  entered,  legions  will  force  their 
  way  through  the  same  breach.  --Rogers. 
 
  4.  (Taxonomy)  A  group  of  orders  inferior  to  a  class. 
 
  {Legion  of  honor},  an  order  instituted  by  the  French 
  government  in  1802,  when  Bonaparte  was  First  Consul,  as  a 
  reward  for  merit,  both  civil  and  military. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  legion 
  n  1:  archaic  terms  for  army  [syn:  {host}] 
  2:  association  of  ex-servicemen;  "the  American  Legion" 
  3:  a  large  military  unit;  "the  French  Foreign  Legion" 
  4:  a  vast  multitude  [syn:  {horde},  {host}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Legion 
  a  regiment  of  the  Roman  army,  the  number  of  men  composing  which 
  differed  at  different  times.  It  originally  consisted  of  three 
  thousand  men,  but  in  the  time  of  Christ  consisted  of  six 
  thousand,  exclusive  of  horsemen,  who  were  in  number  a  tenth  of 
  the  foot-men.  The  word  is  used  (Matt.  26:53;  Mark  5:9)  to 
  express  simply  a  great  multitude. 
 




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