kelpie definition

  • noun:
    • A malevolent liquid spirit of Scottish legend, usually having the form of a horse and rejoicing in or causing drownings.
    • any one of a breed of sheepdog originating in Australia.
    • A malevolent shapeshifting nature, usually by means of a horse, believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland.
    • An Australian variety of sheepdog.
    • An imaginary character of oceans, horselike in form, vulgarly thought to alert, by preternatural noises and lights, those people who are become drowned.
    • An imaginary spirit associated with waters, usually appearing in the form of a horse, who was simply considered to give caution of nearing death by drowning, and sometimes maliciously to assist in drowning people.
    • (Scottish folklore) water character in the form of a horse that wants to drown its bikers
    • an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears

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