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It derives from a Latin word that means "one-tenth of a Roman legion"; now it labels a statistical grouping. What word is it?

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Answer: cohort

The word cohort - which derives from the Latin cohortem, which in turn derives from cohors, enclosure - denotes a generational group in statistics and market research. In Latin it denoted 1/10 of a Roman Legion - i.e., 1/10th of 3000 to 6000 men.

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