nixie


nixie

noun

  1. a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address.

noun German Folklore.

  1. a female water spirit.

noun

  1. German myth a female water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans

n.“water fairy,” 1816 (introduced by Sir Walter Scott), from German Nixie, from Old High German nihhussa “water sprite,” fem. of nihhus, from Proto-Germanic *nikwiz (cf. Old Norse nykr, Old English nicor “water spirit, water monster,” also used to gloss hippopotamus; Grendel’s mother in “Beowulf” was a nicor), perhaps from PIE *neigw- “to wash” (cf. Sanskrit nenkti “washes,” Greek nizo “I wash,” Old Irish nigid “washes”).

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