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Originally, it denoted a carriage drawn by three horses; now it denotes a governing triumvirate; what word is it?




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Answer: troika

The word troika means "three-horse team" in Russian and derives from the Russian numeral troe, three.

According to the Online Etymological Dictionary, the sense of "governing triumvirate" is from 1945.

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