kelpie

noun (1)
kel·​pie | \ ˈkel-pē How to pronounce kelpie (audio) \

Definition of kelpie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

kelpie

noun (2)

Definition of kelpie (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of kelpie

Noun (1)

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kelpie

Noun (1)

Kelpie, name of a dog of this breed

Noun (2)

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach, colpach heifer, colt

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“Kelpie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kelpie. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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