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Methuselah   /məθjˈuzələ/   Listen
Methuselah

noun
1.
(Old Testament) a patriarch (grandfather of Noah) who is said to have lived 969 years.
2.
A man who is very old.  Synonyms: graybeard, greybeard, old man.






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"Methuselah" Quotes from Famous Books



... count the Scarlet Oaks, do it now. In a clear day stand thus on a hill-top in the woods, when the sun is an hour high, and every one within range of your vision, excepting in the west, will be revealed. You might live to the age of Methuselah and never find a tithe of them, otherwise. Yet sometimes even in a dark day I have thought them as bright as I ever saw them. Looking westward, their colors are lost in a blaze of light; but in other directions the ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 60, October 1862 • Various

... coming out of the canyon between the mountains when Bruce stepped through the cabin door. Old Felix stopped and stood like a statue—Old Felix, the Methuselah of the Bitter Roots, who wore the most magnificent pair of horns that ever grew on a mountain sheep. Solid and perfect they were, all of nineteen and three-quarters inches at the base and tapering to needle points. Of ...
— The Man from the Bitter Roots • Caroline Lockhart

... in my work. The more we sow a field the more it spreads. One would need to live to the age of a Methuselah ...
— Letters of Franz Liszt, Volume 2: "From Rome to the End" • Franz Liszt; letters collected by La Mara and translated

... concession of "Mr. Norman" was yielded, which secretly amused the young tutor not a little, and often caused him to wonder how the boy and girl contrived to maintain the attitude so consistently and with such perfect gravity. For four hours of the day he might have been Methuselah's own brother from their standpoint but upon the school-room's threshold they dropped as garments the relations of pupils and teacher and became the best ...
— A Dixie School Girl • Gabrielle E. Jackson

... "Imagine him," he cried,—"imagine Methuselah in his eight or nine hundredth year, dressed in his customary bridal suit, with a sprig of century-plant stuck in ...
— The Stillwater Tragedy • Thomas Bailey Aldrich

... were so many interesting things to do. For instance, there was a large family of pet beasts and birds, some living in the barn in cages, and some free. Snuff the terrier was the most intimate and friendly of these last, and Methuselah the tortoise the greatest stranger. The children regarded him with respectful awe, for he passed so much of his life hidden away in the cold dark earth, that he must know many strange and wonderful things which went on there; but, ...
— The Hawthorns - A Story about Children • Amy Walton



Words linked to "Methuselah" :   man, old-timer, senior citizen, golden ager, old geezer, codger, old codger, oldtimer, patriarch, oldster, adult male, antique, gaffer, old person, Old Testament



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