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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Legion. The chief subdivision of the Roman army, containing about 6000 infantry, with a contingent of cavalry. The term does not occur in the Bible in its primary sense, but appears to have been adopted in order to express any large number, with the accessory ideas of order and subordination. Matthew 26:53; Mark 5:9.
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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Legion'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/l/legion.html. 1901.