GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: bee-EL-zi-bub (English), BEEL-zi-bub (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zevuv) meaning "lord of flies", intended as a mocking alteration of בּאל זבל (Ba'al Zevul) "Ba'al the exalted", one of the Canaanite names for their god BA'AL. In Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (1667) this was the name of Satan's chief lieutenant.