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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 of kelpie1
1740-1750
1740-50; origin uncertain

kelpie2

[kel-pee] /ˈkɛl pi/
Origin
1905-10
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  • But the kelpie frustrated whatever he may have resolved upon with regard to her: before he returned she had disappeared.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • I began a series of persecutions of the kelpie on my own account.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • The laird of Glenfernie lay very still, his eyes upon the kelpie's Pool.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • My only excuse for them is, that I hoped by them to drive the kelpie away.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Down below them they saw the dark little tarn, the kelpie's Pool.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • It was the kelpie, with an empty bag—a pillow-case, I believe—in her hand.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • But the kelpie came every day, repeating the question, “Will you go now?”

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • I was not too much abashed to take notice that the kelpie bridled at this.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • kelpie, an imaginary water-spirit which, it is said, appears generally in the form of a horse.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • I doobt he's a kelpie, or a hell-horse, or something no canny o' that kin'; for faith!

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
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
n.

1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gaelic 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 Danish (nøkken) and Icelandic (nykur), it occasionally was benevolent, especially to millers by keeping their streams running.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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