Pelican in her piety


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pelican in her piety a representation of a pelican in the act of wounding her breast in order to nourish her young with her blood; -- a practice fabulously attributed to the bird, on account of which it was adopted as a symbol of the Redeemer, and of charity.
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In literature:

The pelican in her piety is not an uncommon symbol upon monumental brasses.
"Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art" by John Vinycomb