[ sal-muh-naz-er ]
/ ˌsæl məˈnæz ər /


a wine bottle holding from 10 to 12 quarts (9.5 to 11.4 liters).


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Origin of Salmanazar

First recorded in 1930–35; variant of Shalmaneser, name of biblical king (2 Kings 18:9) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for salmanazar

/ (ˌsælməˈnæzə) /


a wine bottle holding the equivalent of twelve normal bottles (approximately 312 ounces)

Word Origin for Salmanazar

C19: humorous allusion to an Assyrian king mentioned in the Bible (II Kings 17:3); compare jeroboam
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