The Greeks used this word to denote the extensive parks and pleasure-grounds of the Persian kings.
“An old word, `paradise,' which the Hebrews had borrowed from the
Persians, and which at first designated the `parks of the
Achaemenidae,' summed up the general dream.” —
(2) Balaam's ass, which spoke with the voice of a man to reprove the disobedient prophet.
(3) Solomon's ant, of which he said, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard ...”
(4) Jonah's whale.
(5) The ram caught in the thicket, and offered in sacrifice in lieu of Isaac.
(6) The calf of Abraham.
(7) The camel of Saleb.
(8) The cuckoo of Belkis.
(9) The ox of Moses.
(10) Mahomet's mare, called Borak.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894