from The Century Dictionary.

  • Long-lived.
  • noun One who has a long life; a macro-biote.
  • Pertaining to Aurelius Theodosius Macrobius, a writer who lived probably in the first part of the fifth century after Christ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having an exceptionally long life span.


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  • The origin of the word and meaning attached "macrobian" is incorrect. Macrobia was an ancient kingdom located on the Somali peninsula in the first millennium BC. The Macrobians were noted for their extraordinarily long lives, as it was not unusual for people to live to 120 years. So longevity was associated with these people.

    February 8, 2013

  • True dat. A lesser-known but equally interesting fact is that ancient Macrobia was named for its diet. The royal family having been particularly impressed by the fare at a macrobiotic restaurant they had patronized, they granted it a royal warrant, ordered that all their subjects should eat macrobiotic, and changed the kingdom's name to Macrobia. The country lasted until it was swallowed up by a coalition of neighbouring kingdoms Vegetaria, Atkinsia, and Eggandbeansia.

    February 8, 2013

  • *snort*

    February 8, 2013

  • But really, the story I heard was that due to poltical reasons many nations refuse to recognise Macrobia and refer to only as FYROM, the Former Yeasty Republic of Microbia. Indeed in its earlier incarnation as simply Microbia the country was much smaller but in the process of attempting to acquire nuclear weapons it blew itself up.

    February 9, 2013

  • Avoid every danger microbian

    And emulate habits cenobian:

    You'll not have much fun

    But when you are done

    You'll boast of a boredom macrobian.

    December 10, 2015