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May 9, 2014
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Biblical characters who became words

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methuselah

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Methuselah tree (4845-year-old), White Mountains, California
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Methuselah

PRONUNCIATION:
(meh-THOO-zuh-luh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An extremely old person.
2. An oversized wine bottle holding approximately six liters.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the biblical figure Methuselah, who is said to have lived 969 years. Earliest documented use: 1390.

USAGE:
"The risk that an individual turns out to be a Methuselah now lies with the insurer."
Moneyed Men in Institutions; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 4, 1999.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. -Charles Simic, poet (b. 1938)

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