Kelpie meaning

kĕlpē
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(celt. folklore) A water spirit, supposed to take the form of a horse and drown people.
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An Australian breed of sheepdog.
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Any of a breed of medium-sized sheepdog with erect ears, a pointed muzzle, and a thick coat of black, tan, red, etc.: first bred in Australia from the collie and wild dingo.
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A malevolent water spirit of Scottish legend, usually having the shape of a horse and rejoicing in or causing drownings.
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A sheepdog of a medium-sized breed developed in Australia, having a compact body, usually erect ears, and short coat.
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(Celtic folklore) A malevolent shapeshifting spirit, most often in the form of a horse, believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland.
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Origin of kelpie

  • Probably of Celtic origin Scottish Gaelic colpach heifer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Kelpie the name of an early specimen of the breed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The dog breed derives from the name shared by the first two breeding bitches (dam and pup), which name derives from the mythological spirit.

    From Wiktionary