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Nixie, a Scandinavian folk belief, is a water-spirit hostile to humans. The female is similar to the sirens that sometimes lured men to their deaths by drowning. The male nixie is portrayed either as an elderly dwarf or a centaur with cloven hooves. A.G.H
Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London.
Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 209