1816, in the meaning defined above
German Nixe female nix, from Old High German nichessa, feminine of nihhus nix
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“Nixie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nixie. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.
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