Balaam

[ bey-luh m ]
/ ˈbeɪ ləm /

noun

a Mesopotamian diviner who, when commanded by Balak to curse the Israelites, blessed them and uttered favorable prophecies after having been rebuked by the ass he rode. Num. 22–23.

OTHER WORDS FROM Balaam

Ba·laam·ite [bey-luh-mahyt] /ˈbeɪ ləˌmaɪt/, nounBa·laam·it·i·cal [bey-luh-mit-i-kuh l] /ˌbeɪ ləˈmɪt ɪ kəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for balaam

Balaam
/ (ˈbeɪlæm) /

noun

Old Testament a Mesopotamian diviner who, when summoned to curse the Israelites, prophesied future glories for them instead, after being reproached by his ass (Numbers 22–23)
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