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kelpie1

[kel-pee] /ˈkɛl pi/
noun
1.
(in Scottish legends) a water spirit, usually having the form of a horse, reputed to cause drownings or to warn those in danger of drowning.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; origin uncertain

kelpie2

[kel-pee] /ˈkɛl pi/
Origin
1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for kelpie

kelpie1

/ˈkɛlpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
an Australian breed of sheepdog, originally developed from Scottish collies, having a smooth coat of various colours and erect ears
Word Origin
named after a particular specimen of the breed, c. 1870

kelpie2

/ˈkɛlpɪ/
noun
1.
(in Scottish folklore) a water spirit in the form of a horse that drowned its riders
Word Origin
C18: probably related to Scottish Gaelic cailpeach heifer, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for kelpie
kelpie
1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gael. colpach "heifer, steer, colt;" colpa "cow, horse." The Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse that was reputed to haunt lakes and rivers and to delight in causing drownings. But unlike its equivalents in Dan. (nøkken) and Icel. (nykur), it was occasionally benevolent, especially to millers by keeping their streams running.
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