One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wine bottle of approximately twelve times the standard size.
- ‘They sang ''Happy Birthday'' to Mr. Delacorte, who was marking his 93d and the theater's 25th. They yelled ''Break a leg!'' to Mr. Papp, the impresario of the New York Shakespeare Festival. Over and over, they toasted the pair with salmanazars of Mumm Champagne.’
- ‘A salmanazar of Piper Heidsieck champagne is available at £399 from Greenacres of Wexford, and would be a perfect companion to a wedding toast.’
1930s: named after Shalmaneser, a king of Assyria (2 Kings 17–18).
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