(mas.), Nixie (fem.). Kind busy-body. Little creatures
not unlike the Scotch brownie and German kobold. They
wear a red cap, and are ever ready to lend a helping hand to the
industrious and thrifty (See Nick.)
“Another tribe of water-fairies are the Nixes, who frequently assume
the appearance of beautiful maidens.” —T. F. T. Dyer: Folk-lore of
Plants, chap. vii. p. 90.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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