• WordNet 3.6
    • n kelpy (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 Kelpy (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 kelpy See kelpie.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kelpy (Scot.) a malignant water-sprite haunting fords in the form of a horse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Gael. cailpeach, calpach, colpach, a heifer, steer, colt, colpa, a cow or horse


In literature:

Kelpie, a Scottish Legend, 151.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
KELPIE, an imaginary water-spirit which, it is said, appears generally in the form of a horse.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Then did I believe that neither kelpie nor kraken had taken my bairns, but Rapp the Rover.
"The Thirsty Sword" by Robert Leighton
Does somebody go behind and push it, or is it dragged in front by sea-horses and water-kelpies?
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
But the kelpie is usually represented in the form of a horse and not in that of a beauteous maiden.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
The Kelpie's Pool is out of the glen, but they say that there's a bogle wons here, too.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Where the Kelpie riders have their will.
"Ballads of Lost Haven" by Bliss Carman
The Welsh water-horse resembles the Kelpie of the Scotch.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
One afternoon Reeves took a fancy to revisit the Kelpy's Cave.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Was it true that Lord Kelpie was indifferent to his lady?...
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine

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.