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kel·pie 1also kel·py (kĕl′pē)
n. pl. kel·pies
A malevolent water spirit of Scottish legend, usually having the shape of a horse and rejoicing in or causing drownings.
[Probably of Celtic origin; akin to Scottish Gaelic colpach, heifer.]
A sheepdog of a medium-sized breed developed in Australia, having a compact body, usually erect ears, and short coat. Also called Australian kelpie.
[From Kelpie, the name of an early specimen of the breed.]
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n, pl -pies
(Breeds) an Australian breed of sheepdog, originally developed from Scottish collies, having a smooth coat of various colours and erect ears
[named after a particular specimen of the breed, c. 1870]
(European Myth & Legend) (in Scottish folklore) a water spirit in the form of a horse that drowns its riders
[C18: probably related to Scottish Gaelic cailpeach heifer, of obscure origin]
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or kel•py(ˈkɛl pi)
n., pl. -pies.
a water spirit of Scottish folklore reputed to cause drownings.
[1740–50; orig. uncertain]
any of an Australian breed of medium-sized sheepherding dogs with a short, harsh, straight coat and erect ears.
[1905–10; alleged to be the name of an early example of the breed]
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|Noun||1.||kelpie - (Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders|
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
|2.||kelpie - an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears|
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