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nix

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nixie,

in Germanic mythology, water sprite. The nixes could assume various shapes, most frequently as half human and half fish. They could do favors for humans, particularly in teaching them bewitching music, but for the most part they were treacherous and malignant.
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An alien called The Full Aspect of Nixies Zero Zero Two made Pen-y-Fan, below, sacred
22) Nor does she consider that fairies (and related creatures such as nixies, sirens, mermaids, and sylphs) were part of the real human word and belief systems of humans.
Goldberry's attire also recalls the water spirits of myth and legend; her shoes are described as "like fishes' mail" (I:7, 129), recalling the scales of mermaids, and "her dresses, blue and green shot with gold and silver, are water-colored" which, Noel reminds us, evoke "the wet skirts and aprons by which nixies [a form of nymph] are traditionally recognized in Teutonic mythology" (Noel 129-30).