- a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
- an extremely old man.
- a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters).
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Examples from the Web for methuselah
And Anthony Hopkins as Noah's hammy 969-year-old grandpa, Methuselah, who was apparently an incorrigible berry addict.‘Noah’ Review: An Ambitious, Flawed Biblical Tale That You Have to See
March 28, 2014
If Joey got a year in the pokey, then I hope Bernard L. Madoff lives as long as Methuselah and spends all 969 years behind bars.I Made the List!
February 5, 2009
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
"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
- 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 longevityDouay spelling: Mathusala
Figuratively, a “Methuselah” is an extremely old person.
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