Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cohort (Lat. cohors), in the Roman army, the tenth part of a legion. It then came to be applied in general to any body of soldiers consisting of the same arm, and might contain from 300 to 600 men. The word is used metaphorically - chiefly in poetry - and Byron tells us of the Assyrians' cohorts gleaming in purple and gold.