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GLEDE glēd. The Heb. רָאָה, in Deuteronomy 14:13 is prob. a textual error for דָּאָ֔ה, a “bird of prey,” possibly the kite (Lev 11:14), from a root meaning “fly swiftly,” “dart through the air.” Probably some kind of hawk, an unclean bird whose use for food was forbidden. The Heb. letters ר and ד were easily confused in copying MSS.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A member of the hawk species. It is given among the list of abominations in De 14:13, but not in the Le list (Le 11:14). The kite is substituted. The Arabs might have called one of the buzzards the glede. In England, where specimens of most of these birds appear in migration, the glede is synonymous with kite, and was given the name from glide, to emphasize a gliding motion in flight. See illustration, p. 1235.

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