Definition of selkie in English:

selkie

Line breaks: sel¦kie
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlki
 
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(also selky or silkie /ˈsɪlki/)

noun (plural selkies)

Scottish
A mythical creature that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land.
More example sentences
  • A young girl sent to live on the windswept Irish coastline becomes besotted with the legend of the selkies - half human/half seal creatures.
  • The travellers conjured up a world of fairies, selkies and giants to give their kids a bit of moral guidance, not to mention a little fun.
  • Long, long ago the people in Shetland and Orkney called them the seal people, the selkies, and even now, in this year of our Lady one thousand and ten, you still sometimes heard the ancient name.

Origin

from selch, variant of seal1, + -ie.

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