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Balthazar
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Balthazar (also spelled Balthasar or Balthassar), from Phoenician, meaning "God protects the King" (Baal is god in Phoenician) is the name commonly attributed to one of the Three Wise Men, at least in the west. Though no names are given in the Gospel of Matthew, this was one of the names the Western church settled on in the 8th century, based on the original meaning, though other names were used by Eastern churches (for more information see Biblical Magi). It is an alternate form of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, mentioned in the Book of Daniel.

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  • Romeo's manservant in the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.
  • Portia's masculine alter-ego in the William Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice
  • A follower of Don Pedro, a singer, from the William Shakespeare play Much Ado about Nothing
  • A merchant in the William Shakespeare play The Comedy of Errors
  • The name of Jolyon Forsyte's dog in The Forsyte Saga
  • The name given to Runo Rimac, a native Amerindian prince enslaved by Gonzalo Pizarro in the 1972 film Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  • A supporting character in Ben-Hur
  • A demon in the film Constantine played by Gavin Rossdale
  • A supporting character in the film The Scorpion King played by actor Michael Clarke Duncan
  • A demon in the episode Bad Girls of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • A character in The Death Gate Cycle books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Balthazar, godfather of Gargamel in The Smurfs by Peyo
  • A wolf-like Faerie hunter on Neopets
  • The god of war and fire in the online game Guild Wars
  • A fictional monk from Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
  • Part of the MAGI Super Computer System in the Japanese animated series Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • A character in Cluadia Gray's novels Evernight and Stargazer
  • One of the three "Gurus of Time" in the RPG "Chrono Trigger"
  • A long standing character played by Julian McMahon in the show "Charmed". Belthazar is the name of the half-demon love interest of Phoebe.
  • The name of the main character from the book "The Neverending Story" (Bastian Balthazar Bux).
  • The name of the primary antagonist in the X-box game "Azurik: Rise of Perathia".

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English

Noun

Singular
Balthazar

Plural
Balthazars

Balthazar (plural Balthazars)

  1. A very large wine bottle with the capacity of about 12 liters, equivalent to 16 standard bottles.







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