[ bey-luhm ]
/ ˈbeɪ ləm /
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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. Numbers 22–23.
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Origin of Balaam
From Late Latin Balaam, from Greek Balaám, from Hebrew Bilʿām, of uncertain origin
OTHER WORDS FROM BalaamBa·laam·ite [bey-luh-mahyt], /ˈbeɪ ləˌmaɪt/, nounBa·laam·it·i·cal [bey-luh-mit-i-kuhl], /ˌbeɪ ləˈmɪt ɪ kəl/, adjective
Words nearby Balaam
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How to use Balaam in a sentence
Uncle, you and Brother Balaam are bosom friends—why don't you get his paper to persecute us, too?The Gilded Age, Complete|Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
"I reckon you can, Charley Balaam, if you are friendly," said Yancy.
Squire Balaam removed his spectacles and leaned back in his chair.
British Dictionary definitions for Balaam
/ (ˈbeɪlæm) /
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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