kelpie

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kelpie an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears
    • n kelpie (Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kelpie (Scotch Myth) An imaginary spirit of the waters, horselike in form, vulgarly believed to warn, by preternatural noises and lights, those who are to be drowned.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kelpie An imaginary spirit of the waters, generally appearing in the form of a horse, who was believed to give warning of approaching death by drowning, and sometimes maliciously to assist in drowning persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kelpie kel′pi (Scot.) a malignant water-sprite haunting fords in the form of a horse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Gael. cailpeach, calpach, colpach, a heifer, steer, colt, colpa, a cow or horse

Usage

In literature:

I doobt he's a kelpie, or a hell-horse, or something no canny o' that kin'; for faith!
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
A journey to Kelpie Island consisted of a series of consecutive episodes by rail, by coach, and by steamboat.
"A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
And any enthusiasm he had over went to the pigs and the Kelpie pup!
"Back To Billabong" by Mary Grant Bruce
A man at Tubernan made a bet that he would seize the Fuath or Kelpie who haunted the loch at Moulin na Fouah.
"Fairy Tales; Their Origin and Meaning" by John Thackray Bunce
He was a knowing man, and understood all about kelpies and brownies and fairies.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
Dick says there is no such thing as a kelpy.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Innumerable were the stories of fairies, kelpies, urisks, witches and prophets or seers.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Probably a creature like a kelpie or Phooka.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
Soon the water-kelpie came to him in the form of a horse; and ran before him, neighing fiercely, and breathing fire from his mouth.
"Fairy Book" by Sophie May
The water maidens of Greek mythology and the Germanic nixies and water kelpies are developed forms of spirits.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
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In poetry:

Majestic Forms oblivion 'scape
As kelpie, sylph, and gnome,
Astarte hides in gentler shape,
And Vestals hearthless roam:
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
The ringer shouted drinks all round
And then, to top it up,
The babbling brook, the shearers cook,
Gave him a kelpie pup.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
Then the hoolits that bide in the Brocklan' wud
Flaff roun' wi' an' eerie cry;
While the water kelpies in ilka pool
Coor doon till it gangs by.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
The side was stey, and the bottom deep,
Frae bank to brae the water pouring;
And the bonny grey mare did sweat for fear,
For she heard the water-kelpy roaring.
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
"The Fetch and Kelpie went to school
And gave a lot of trouble;
Next came a Poltergeist and Ghoul,
And then two Trolls (which broke the rule),
A Goblin, and a Double -
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
Where do you go when the Fairies call,
Little Boy! Little Boy! where?
Wade through the clews of the grasses tall,
Hearing the weir and the waterfall
And the Wee Folk--'way in there--in there--
And the Kelpies--'way in there!
"Through Sleepy-Land" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

In the Australian bush, Kelpies often worked unsupervised, relying on their own wits to find and gather livestock.
Kelpies are keen and active dogs, always ready to work.
Australian Kelpies in the United States are used on all types of livestock, on large and small operations.
Recently retired Army major James "Jimmy" LaCaria says he was afraid to leave his apartment before he got Kaeci, his 5-year-old mixed Australian blue heeler and kelpi service dog.
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