Kelpie

or Kelpy. A spirit of the waters in the form of a horse, in Scottish mythology. Not unlike the Irish Phooka. (See Fairy.)

“Every lake has its Kelpie or Water-horse, often seen by the shepherd sitting upon the brow of a rock, dashing along the surface of the deep, or browsing upon the pasture on its verge.” —Graham: Sketches of Perthshire.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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