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Methuselah

PRONUNCIATION:
(meh-THOO-zuh-luh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An extremely old man.
2. An oversized wine bottle holding approx. 6 liters.

ETYMOLOGY:
After biblical figure Methuselah, who was said to have lived 969 years.

USAGE:
"Five restaurant years would be about equivalent to 30 human years, so Bambino's, which has been around since 1983, is a veritable Methuselah among eateries."
A.C. Stevens; Why Cook Tonight?; The Boston Herald; Feb 11, 2001.

"Meet Frank Ahern, the Methuselah of Seattle high-school coaches, a revered urban legend in his second half-century of helping city youth."
Craig Smith; A Coach For The Ages; The Seattle Times; Feb 27, 2000.

See more usage examples of Methuselah in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

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