Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spirit or demon supposed to dwell in water. See kelpie.
“Pop this water-kelpie in the bath-tub and then bed her with two hot bricks, a dram and a basin of broth.”
“A water-kelpie," murmured another of the Captain's gigs, a Scotchman.”
“England we find her congener in the water-kelpie, who lurks in pools lying in wait for victims.”
“One day, the water-kelpie appeared to him in the form of an old man.”
“Soon the water-kelpie came to him in the form of a horse; and ran before him, neighing fiercely, and breathing fire from his mouth.”
“One day, as she was sitting by the shore of the lake, a water-kelpie saw her weeping, and came to her in the form of a white-haired old man, saying, --”
“And rivers are just in this divided, also, like wicked and good men: the good rivers have serviceable deep places all along their banks, that ships can sail in; but the wicked rivers go scoopingly irregularly under their banks until they get full of strangling eddies, which no boat can row over without being twisted against the rocks; and pools like wells, which no one can get out of but the water-kelpie that lives at the bottom; -- but, wicked or good, the rivers all agree in having two kinds of sides.”
“‘A water-kelpie he called you, and a waterkelpie ye are!”
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