Why in King Lear does the King refer to his daughters as "pelican daughters"?

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In Shakespeare's time it was commonly believed that pelicans fed their young on their own blood. This superstition is referred to in Act 4, Scene 5 of Hamlet , where Laertes is leading a rebellious mob against King Claudius to revenge himself for the death of his father  Polonius (and later the mental breakdown of his sister Ophelia). Laertes mistakenly believes Claudius was...

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