(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. horse soldiers, horsemen, dragoons, hussars; armored or mechanized cavalry. See combatant.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. hussars, dragoons, rangers, light cavalry, heavy cavalry, air cavalry, Cossacks, uhlans, lancers, cuirassiers, chasseurs, Parthians, mounted riflemen, motorized cavalry, cavalry division, mounted troops, horse soldiers, squadrons; see also army 1 , 2 , troops .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
combat troops, armored division, mounted troops.

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