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kelpie

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noun kel·pie \ˈkel-pē\

Definition of kelpie

  1. :  a water sprite of Scottish folklore that delights in or brings about the drowning of wayfarers



Origin of kelpie

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach, colpach heifer, colt


First Known Use: 1747


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kelpie

noun kel·pie

Definition of kelpie

  1. :  any of a breed of energetic working dogs developed in Australia from British sheepdogs



Origin of kelpie

Kelpie, name of a dog of this breed


First Known Use: 1903


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