from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of kelpie1.

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  • n. Alternative form of kelpie (shapeshifting spirit).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See kelpie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Scottish folklore) water spirit in the form of a horse that likes to drown its riders


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  • I hope, at the very least, that the whale can close its eyes and think of a happy, kelpy place, and as he drifts into whatever afterlife awaits him, that he's swum a few good laps, eaten some succulent fish, and given at least one Ahab a run for his money.

    The Ocean is a Giant Grave

  • “Out there, a spirit knows what kelpy smells we need.”

    The Welkening

  • We feel the floods surging over us, we sound with him to the kelpy bottom of the waters; sea-weed and all the slime of the sea is about us!

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • They were bred in Australia in the late 1800s, starting with the wild dingo and adding in things like bulldogs and kelpy.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • A kelpy feeling wavered in Carl's stomach, hurry ing toward nausea.

    In Other Worlds

  • This morning the air for him was kelpy with the sweetand-sour smell of the Hudson.

    In Other Worlds

  • Now the light diminished to a distant star that seemed to twinkle on the waters, like those which, according to the legends of the country, the water-kelpy sends for the purpose of indicating the watery grave of his victims.

    Chapter XXVI

  • "Don't let the kelpy catch you," she said to him half seriously.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

  • "We haven't seen the kelpy, after all," said Reeves.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

  • "Do you think a kelpy would look like that?" said the girl dreamily.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

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