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  1. 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)
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Historical Examples

  • "Give me first the five hundred doubloons," said Salmanazar.

    The Thousand and One Days

    Julia Pardoe

  • "Well and good," replied Salmanazar; and he summoned Bankala.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for salmanazar


  1. a wine bottle holding the equivalent of twelve normal bottles (approximately 312 ounces)
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Word Origin

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