Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several birds of prey, especially a European kite (Milvus milvus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A live coal, an ember.
  • n. Any of several birds of prey, especially a kite, Milvus milvus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common European kite (Milvus ictinus). This name is also sometimes applied to the buzzard.
  • n. A live coal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common kite of Europe, Milvus ictinus or M. regalis:
  • n. An obsolete spelling of gleed.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English glida; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English glēd. (Wiktionary)
From Old English glida, akin to Icelandic gleetha/gleea, Swedish glada. Compare glide. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • a bird and an ember.....a pre-phoenix???

    February 8, 2013

  • (n.) A burning coal or cinder.

    August 28, 2009

  • Any of several birds of prey, especially a European kite (Milvus milvus). – Am. Her. Dict.

    Also written gled, gleed, glead, glade, and glide.

    Known also as the red kite.

    In Slovene, rjavi škarnik.

    May 3, 2008