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 for many
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Many \Ma"ny\, n. [See Meine, Mansion.]
     A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Many \Ma"ny\, a. & pron.
     Note: [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison;
           more and most, which are used for the comparative and
           superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE.
           mani, moni, AS. manig, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D.
           menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw.
           m[*a]nge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf.
           Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. [root]103.]
     Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.
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           Thou shalt be a father of many nations.  --Gen. xvii.
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           Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not
           many noble, are called.                  --1 Cor. i.
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     Note: Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming
           compounds which need no special explanation; as,
           many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed,
           many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named,
           many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled
           (polysyllabic), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived,
           and the like. In such usage it is equivalent to
           multi. Comparison is often expressed by many with as
           or so. "As many as were willing hearted . . . brought
           bracelets." --Exod. xxxv. 22. "So many laws argue so
           many sins." --Milton. Many stands with a singular
           substantive with a or an.
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     Many a, a large number taken distributively; each one of
        many. "For thy sake have I shed many a tear." --Shak.
        "Full many a gem of purest ray serene." --Gray.
     Many one, many a one; many persons. --Bk. of Com. Prayer.
     The many, the majority; -- opposed to the few. See
        Many, n.
     Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are
        too many for us. --L'Estrange.
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     Syn: Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various;
          divers; sundry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Many \Ma"ny\, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to
     G. menge, OHG. manag[imac], menig[imac], Goth. managei. See
     Many, a.]
     1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people,
        or of a community.
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              After him the rascal many ran.        --Spenser.
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     2. A large or considerable number.
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              A many of our bodies shall no doubt
              Find native graves.                   --Shak.
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              Seeing a great many in rich gowns.    --Addison.
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              It will be concluded by many that he lived like an
              honest man.                           --Fielding.
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     Note: In this sense, many is connected immediately with
           another substantive (without of) to show of what the
           many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so.
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                 He is liable to a great many inconveniences.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is
             often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that';
             amounting to a large but indefinite number; "many
             temptations"; "the temptations are many"; "a good many";
             "a great many"; "many directions"; "take as many apples
             as you like"; "too many clouds to see"; "never saw so
             many people" [ant: few]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  202 Moby Thesaurus words for "many":
     a mass of, a world of, abounding, abundance, abundant, affluent,
     all-sufficing, ample, aplenty, army, assorted, at odds,
     at variance, bevy, billion, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful,
     bunch, cloud, clutter, common, considerable, contrary, contrasted,
     contrasting, copious, countless, covey, departing, deviating,
     deviative, different, differentiated, differing, diffuse,
     disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, discrete,
     discriminated, disjoined, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant,
     distinct, distinguished, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse,
     diversified, effuse, epidemic, ever so many, everyday, exhaustless,
     extravagant, exuberant, fat, fertile, flight, flock, flocks, flush,
     frequent, frequentative, full, full many, galore, generous,
     habitual, hail, heaped-up, heterogeneous, hive, hordes, host,
     in disagreement, in plenty, in quantity, inaccordant, incompatible,
     incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inexhaustible,
     inharmonious, innumerable, irreconcilable, jam, jillion,
     large amount, lavish, legion, liberal, lots, luxuriant, manifold,
     many and various, many times, masses, masses of, maximal, million,
     mob, motley, much, muchness, multifarious, multifold, multiple,
     multiplied, multitude, multitudes, multitudinal, multitudinous,
     myriad, nest, no few, not a few, not rare, numberless, numbers,
     numerous, of all sorts, of common occurrence, oft-repeated,
     oftentime, opulent, ordinary, overflowing, pack, plenitudinous,
     plenteous, plentiful, plenty, plurality, poles apart,
     poles asunder, populous, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal,
     productive, profuse, profusion, profusive, quantities, quite a few,
     quite some, rampant, recurrent, replete, rich, rife, riotous, rout,
     routine, ruck, running over, scads, scores, separate, separated,
     several, shoal, shoals, sundry, superabundant, swarm, swarms,
     teeming, thick-coming, thousand, thousands, throng, tidy sum, tons,
     unconformable, uncountable, unequal, unlike, usual, variant,
     varied, variegated, various, varying, very many, voluminous,
     wealthy, well-found, well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked,
     wholesale, widely apart, worlds apart, worlds of, zillion

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Many, LA -- U.S. town in Louisiana
     Population (2000):    2889
     Housing Units (2000): 1272
     Land area (2000):     3.128774 sq. miles (8.103487 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    3.128774 sq. miles (8.103487 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            48470
     Located within:       Louisiana (LA), FIPS 22
     Location:             31.567769 N, 93.477721 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     71449
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Many, LA

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