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Methuselah

[ muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh ]
/ məˈθu zə lə, -ˈθuz lə /
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noun
a patriarch who lived 969 years. Genesis 5:27.
an extremely old man.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters).
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Origin of Methuselah

Ultimately from Hebrew Mĕthūshelaḥ; of uncertain meaning, perhaps “man of (the deity) Shela”
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British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah (1 of 2)

Methuselah1
/ (məˈθjuːzələ) /

noun
a wine bottle holding the equivalent of eight normal bottles

British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah (2 of 2)

Methuselah2
/ (mɪˈθjuːzələ) /

noun
Old Testament a patriarch supposed to have lived 969 years (Genesis 5:21–27) who has come to be regarded as epitomizing longevityDouay spelling: Mathusala
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Cultural definitions for Methuselah

Methuselah
[ (muh-thooh-zuh-luh) ]

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

notes for Methuselah

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