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Definition of kelpie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    kelpie

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkelpi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkelpi//
     
     
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  1. 1 (in Scottish stories) a water spirit
  2. 2 an Australian sheepdog
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach, colpach ‘bullock, colt’. Sense (2) apparently comes from the name of a particular bitch, King's Kelpie (c.1879).