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

  Population \Pop`u*la"tion\, n. [L. populatio: cf. F.
     1. The act or process of populating; multiplication of
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The whole number of people, or inhabitants, in a country,
        or portion of a country; as, a population of ten millions.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the people who inhabit a territory or state; "the
           population seemed to be well fed and clothed"
      2: a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given
         area; "they hired hunters to keep down the deer population"
      3: (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which
         samples can be drawn; "it is an estimate of the mean of the
         population" [syn: population, universe]
      4: the number of inhabitants (either the total number or the
         number of a particular race or class) in a given place
         (country or city etc.); "people come and go, but the
         population of this town has remained approximately constant
         for the past decade"; "the African-American population of
         Salt Lake City has been increasing"
      5: the act of populating (causing to live in a place); "he
         deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  93 Moby Thesaurus words for "population":
     Beehive, Cepheid variable, Everyman, Hertzsprung-Russell diagram,
     Hyades, John Doe, Messier catalog, NGC, Pleiades, Public,
     Seven Sisters, absolute magnitude, anchorage, binary star,
     black hole, body politic, citizenry, citizens, colonization,
     common man, commonwealth, community, community at large,
     double star, dwarf star, empeoplement, establishment, estate,
     everybody, everyman, everyone, everywoman, fixation, fixed star,
     folk, folks, foundation, general public, gentry, giant star,
     globular cluster, gravity star, inauguration, inhabitants,
     inhabiting, initiation, installation, installment, investiture,
     lodgment, magnitude, main sequence star, mass-luminosity law, men,
     mooring, nation, nationality, neutron star, nova, open cluster,
     people, people in general, peoplement, peopling, persons,
     plantation, polity, populace, populations, public, pulsar, quasar,
     quasi-stellar radio source, radio star, red giant star,
     relative magnitude, settlement, settling, sky atlas, society,
     spectrum-luminosity diagram, star, star catalog, star chart,
     star cloud, star cluster, state, stellar magnitude, supernova,
     variable star, white dwarf star, world, you and me

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