Pronunciation: (bäl), [key]
—adv. Australian Slang.
Pronunciation: (bā'ul, bāl), [key]
—pl. Ba•al•imPronunciation: (bā'u-lim, bā'lim). [key]
1. any of numerous local deities among the ancient Semitic peoples, typifying the productive forces of nature and worshiped with much sensuality.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a false god.
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