Balaam's ass

Balaam's ass
Валаамова ослица

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  • Balaam — 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] [1913 Webster] {Balaam basket or box} (Print.), the receptacle for rejected… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balaam basket or box — Balaam 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] [1913 Webster] {Balaam basket or box} (Print.), the receptacle for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Balaam — Balaamite /bay leuh muyt /, n. Balaamitical /bay leuh mit i keuhl/, adj. /bay leuhm/, n. a Mesopotamian diviner who, when commanded by Balak to curse the Israelites, blessed them and uttered favorable prophecies after having been rebuked by the… …   Universalium

  • BALAAM — (Heb. בַּלְעָם, בִּלְעָם), son of Beor, a non Israelite diviner famous for his effectiveness, enlisted by Balak, king of Moab, to pronounce curses over the Israelites. The pronunciation Balaam reflects the Greek rendering of the name in the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Balaam — • The derivation of the name is uncertain. Dr. Neubauer would connect it with the god Ammo or Ammi, as though Balaam belonged to a people whose god or lord was Ammo or Ammi Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Balaam     Balaam …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • ASS — (Heb. חֲמוֹר, ḥamor), in the Talmud the feminine form ḥamorah occurs, or aton whose colt is called ayir. The ass belongs to the genus Equus to which belong the horse and the wild ass. Various strains exist in Ereẓ Israel. The most common is small …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ass —    Frequently mentioned throughout Scripture. Of the domesticated species we read of,    1) The she ass (Heb. athon), so named from its slowness (Gen. 12:16; 45:23; Num. 22:23; 1 Sam. 9:3).    2) The male ass (Heb. hamor), the common working ass… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • balaam — ˈbāləm noun ( s) Etymology: after Balaam, biblical prophet rebuked by his ass (Num 22 24); probably from newspaper fillers being regarded as asinine 1. slang : filler 1d(1) 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balaam — noun Etymology: Greek, from Hebrew Bil‘ām Date: before 12th century an Old Testament prophet who is reproached by the ass he is riding and rebuked by God s angel while on the way to meet with an enemy of Israel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Balaam — Ba•laam [[t]ˈbeɪ ləm[/t]] n. bib a Mesopotamian diviner who, when commanded to curse the Israelites, blessed them instead after being rebuked by the ass he rode. Num. 22–23 …   From formal English to slang

  • Feast of the Ass — The Feast of the Ass (Latin: Festum Asinorum or asinaria festa , French: Fête de l âne ) was a medieval, Christian feast observed on January 14th, celebrating the Flight into Egypt. It was celebrated primarily in France, as a by product of the… …   Wikipedia


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