1. A wine bottle holding 3 liters (approximately 0.8 gallon) of sparkling wine.
2. A wine bottle holding 4.5 liters (approximately 1.2 gallons) of still wine.
[So called (in reference to the bottle's size and the drunkenness caused by wine) after Jeroboam I (died c. 901 BC), king of northern Israel described in the Bible as "a mighty man of valor" (I Kings 11:28) "who made Israel to sin" (14:16).]
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