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Methuselah

[muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh] /məˈθu zə lə, -ˈθuz lə/
noun
1.
a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
2.
an extremely old man.
3.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters).
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  • Anybody'd think to hear you, you had the years of Methuselah.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I give him, then, the lifetime of Methuselah, in which to reach his conclusion of proof.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • I shall never have such a chance, if I live to the age of Methuselah.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • "But—but those coats are old as Methuselah," faltered the captain.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If you're a hundred and fifty I must be a little older than Methuselah was in his last years.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I asked, in that affected ease that seemed to say, "Not that it matters to me if he were Methuselah."

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • After all, we ought never to blush to go to school if we are as old as Methuselah.

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

    Coming Home Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah

Methuselah1

/məˈθjuːzələ/
noun
1.
a wine bottle holding the equivalent of eight normal bottles

Methuselah2

/mɪˈθjuːzələ/
noun
1.
(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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