From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kelpie \Kel"pie\, Kelpy \Kel"py\, n.; pl. Kelpies. [Cf. Gael.
   cailpeach, calpach, colpach, a heifer, steer, colt, colpa a
   cow or horse.] (Scotch Myth.)
   An imaginary spirit of the waters, horselike in form,
   vulgarly believed to warn, by preternatural noises and
   lights, those who are to be drowned. --Jamieson.
   [1913 Webster]
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