Definitions for kelpieˈkɛl pi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kel•pieˈkɛl pi(n.)(pl.)-pies.

or kel•py

  1. a water spirit of Scottish folklore reputed to cause drownings.

    Category: Mythology

Origin of kelpie:

1740–50; orig. uncert.

kel•pieˈkɛl pi(n.)

  1. any of an Australian breed of medium-sized sheepherding dogs with a short, harsh, straight coat and erect ears.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of kelpie:

1905–10; alleged to be the name of an early example of the breed

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kelpy, kelpie(noun)

    (Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders

  2. kelpie(noun)

    an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears


  1. kelpie(Noun)

    (Celtic folklore) A malevolent shapeshifting spirit, most often in the form of a horse, believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland.

  2. kelpie(Noun)

    An Australian breed of sheepdog.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kelpie(noun)

    alt. of Kelpy


  1. Kelpie

    The kelpie is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore that is believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland; the name may be from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach or colpach "heifer, colt".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kelpie

    an imaginary water-spirit which, it is said, appears generally in the form of a horse.


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