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.

Related formsBa·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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