ba·​lam | \ ˈbäləm \
plural -s

Definition of balam

: a supernatural being in Mayan religion that guards cornfields and villages the Mayas of Central America speak of Balam as a god of agriculture, describing him as an old fellow with a long head. He walks in the air and whistles as he goes—a much-dreaded nocturnal being— W. D. Wallis

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Balam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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