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Balaam

[ bey-luhm ]
/ ˈbeɪ ləm /
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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. Numbers 22–23.

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Origin of Balaam

From Late Latin Balaam, from Greek Balaám, from Hebrew Bilʿām, of uncertain origin
Ba·laam·ite [bey-luh-mahyt], /ˈbeɪ ləˌmaɪt/, nounBa·laam·it·i·cal [bey-luh-mit-i-kuhl], /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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