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[muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh] /məˈθu zə lə, -ˈθuz lə/
a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
an extremely old man.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters). Unabridged
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  • But I have as much confidence in you, Mr. Fitzmorris, as though you were as old as Methuselah.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • After all, we ought never to blush to go to school if we are as old as Methuselah.

  • But had she been as old as Methuselah she could not have been more insolent.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • I don't suppose I'd been in the hospital ten minutes; but I felt as old as Methuselah.

    Coming Home Edith Wharton
  • Don't make any difference if you is as old as Methuselah you got to pay them taxes.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives Work Projects Administration
  • You will never make a poet, if you live to be as old as Methuselah.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Methuselah succeeded in cording up more of a record, such as it was, than any other man of whom history informs us.

  • “Yes—and will till he is as old as Methuselah, I expect,” replied Mittie, laughing.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah


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 longevity Douay spelling Mathusala
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Methuselah in Culture
Methuselah [(muh-thooh-zuh-luh)]

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

Note: Figuratively, a “Methuselah” is an extremely old person.
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Methuselah in the Bible

man of the dart, the son of Enoch, and grandfather of Noah. He was the oldest man of whom we have any record, dying at the age of nine hundred and sixty-nine years, in the year of the Flood (Gen. 5:21-27; 1 Chr. 1:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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