- a wine bottle holding from 10 to 12 quarts (9.5 to 11.4 liters).
Origin of Salmanazar
First recorded in 1930–35; variant of Shalmaneser, name of biblical king (2 Kings 18:9)
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Examples from the Web for salmanazar
"Well and good," replied Salmanazar; and he summoned Bankala.
"Give me first the five hundred doubloons," said Salmanazar.
Well, I have decided, Salmanazar; give me the remedy which will make my days long upon the earth.
Eggadi gave some orders to the slave in a language unknown to Salmanazar, and he disappeared.
- a wine bottle holding the equivalent of twelve normal bottles (approximately 312 ounces)
C19: humorous allusion to an Assyrian king mentioned in the Bible (II Kings 17:3); compare jeroboam