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kelpie

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[ kel-pee ]
/ ˈkɛl pi /
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noun
(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.
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Origin of kelpie

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First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

Other definitions for kelpie (2 of 2)

kelpie2
[ kel-pee ]
/ ˈkɛl pi /

noun

Origin of kelpie

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First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for kelpie (1 of 2)

kelpie1

kelpy

/ (ˈkɛlpɪ) /

noun plural -pies
an Australian breed of sheepdog, originally developed from Scottish collies, having a smooth coat of various colours and erect ears

Word Origin for kelpie

named after a particular specimen of the breed, c. 1870

British Dictionary definitions for kelpie (2 of 2)

kelpie2
/ (ˈkɛlpɪ) /

noun
(in Scottish folklore) a water spirit in the form of a horse that drowned its riders

Word Origin for kelpie

C18: probably related to Scottish Gaelic cailpeach heifer, of obscure origin
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