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Methuselah

[muh-thoo-zuh-luh, -thooz-luh] /məˈθu zə lə, -ˈθuz lə/
noun
1.
a patriarch who lived 969 years. Gen. 5:27.
2.
an extremely old man.
3.
a very large wine bottle holding 6½ quarts (6 liters).
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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
  • Anybody'd think to hear you, you had the years of Methuselah.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • But had she been as old as Methuselah she could not have been more insolent.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • I shall never have such a chance, if I live to the age of Methuselah.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • 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
  • 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
  • Methuselah succeeded in cording up more of a record, such as it was, than any other man of whom history informs us.

  • I asked, in that affected ease that seemed to say, "Not that it matters to me if he were Methuselah."

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Methuselah

Methuselah1

/məˈθjuːzələ/
noun
1.
a wine bottle holding the equivalent of eight normal bottles

Methuselah2

/mɪˈθjuːzələ/
noun
1.
(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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