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[muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh] /məˈθu zə lə, -ˈθuz lə/
a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
an extremely old man.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters). Unabridged
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  • But I have as much confidence in you, Mr. Fitzmorris, as though you were as old as Methuselah.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • After all, we ought never to blush to go to school if we are as old as Methuselah.

  • But had she been as old as Methuselah she could not have been more insolent.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • I don't suppose I'd been in the hospital ten minutes; but I felt as old as Methuselah.

    Coming Home Edith Wharton
  • Don't make any difference if you is as old as Methuselah you got to pay them taxes.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives Work Projects Administration
  • You will never make a poet, if you live to be as old as Methuselah.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Methuselah succeeded in cording up more of a record, such as it was, than any other man of whom history informs us.

  • “Yes—and will till he is as old as Methuselah, I expect,” replied Mittie, laughing.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah


a wine bottle holding the equivalent of eight normal bottles


(Old Testament) a patriarch supposed to have lived 969 years (Genesis 5:21–27) who has come to be regarded as epitomizing longevity Douay spelling Mathusala
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Methuselah in Culture
Methuselah [(muh-thooh-zuh-luh)]

The oldest man mentioned in the Bible; according to the Book of Genesis, he was the grandfather of Noah and lived to be 969 years old.

Note: Figuratively, a “Methuselah” is an extremely old person.
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