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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Ba·laam /ˈbeləm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ba·laam n. A paragraph describing something wonderful, used to fill out a newspaper column; -- an allusion to the miracle of Balaam's ass speaking. --Numb. xxii. 30. [Cant]
 Balaam basket or box Print., the receptacle for rejected articles.

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    lord of the people; foreigner or glutton, as interpreted by
    others, the son of Beor, was a man of some rank among the
    Midianites (Num. 31:8; comp. 16). He resided at Pethor (Deut.
    23:4), in Mesopotamia (Num. 23:7). It is evident that though
    dwelling among idolaters he had some knowledge of the true God;
    and was held in such reputation that it was supposed that he
    whom he blessed was blessed, and he whom he cursed was cursed.
    When the Israelites were encamped on the plains of Moab, on the
    east of Jordan, by Jericho, Balak sent for Balaam "from Aram,
    out of the mountains of the east," to curse them; but by the
    remarkable interposition of God he was utterly unable to fulfil
    Balak's wish, however desirous he was to do so. The apostle
    Peter refers (2 Pet. 2:15, 16) to this as an historical event.
    In Micah 6:5 reference also is made to the relations between
    Balaam and Balak. Though Balaam could not curse Israel, yet he
    suggested a mode by which the divine displeasure might be caused
    to descend upon them (Num. 25). In a battle between Israel and
    the Midianites (q.v.) Balaam was slain while fighting on the
    side of Balak (Num. 31:8).
      The "doctrine of Balaam" is spoken of in Rev. 2:14, in
    allusion to the fact that it was through the teaching of Balaam
    that Balak learned the way by which the Israelites might be led
    into sin. (See NICOLAITANES.) Balaam was constrained
    to utter prophecies regarding the future of Israel of wonderful
    magnificence and beauty of expression (Num. 24:5-9, 17).

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Balaam, the ancient of the people; the destruction of the people