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NIXIE

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 719 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NIXIE, or N1xY, a female water-sprite. The word is adapted from Ger. Nixe, the male water-sprite being Nix. The general term covering both the male and female is " nicker," a kelpie. This also appears in Dutch nikker. The Old Teutonic nikus may be connected with the root which appears in Gr. v4'eov or vfrrew, " to wash."
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