EtymologyFrom German Nixe feminine of Nix, from Middle High German nickes, from Old High German nihhus ‘water-elf, crocodile’, cognate with Old English nicor ‘water-elf, hippopotamus, walrus’ (English nicker).
- a female water-elf
- 1922: Bare from her garters up her flesh appears under the sapphire a nixie’s green. — James Joyce, Ulysses
- a piece of mail returned as undeliverable
- mailers may also receive information on addresses that are undeliverable for reasons other than a customer move (i.e., nixie notifications) — United States Postal Service Address Change Service description
- a water spirit of either sex revered in Heathenry.
- (paganism) 1993 Our Troth, the Ring of Troth and other true
folk, ISBN 0-9623957-8-1,page 238.
- The word is the same as our English 'nicor' or the much dimished form, nixie.
- (paganism)2000 Wights and Ancestors, Jenny Blain, Wyrds Wells,
ISBN 0-9539044-0-7,page 1.
- 'Nix' or nixie, a water-being, is Greek, relating to the Old English word 'nicor'.
- (paganism)2002 Practical Magic in the Northern Tradition, Nigel
Pennick, Thoth Publications, ISBN 1 870450 16 7, page 100.
- Water sprites have many names - nixies, kelpies, neckans, undines - which describe various elemental phenomena such as strong currents, whirlpools and tidal bores.
The word Nixie may mean:
- Nixie (aka Näcken / Nøkken) is a mythical, female water creature appearing in Scandinavian and Germanic folk tales. (The male counterpart is the "Nokk")
- Another word for Melusine
- Nixie tube, a kind of gas-filled electron tube once in use as an alphanumeric display, name comes from "Numerical Indicator eXperimental" (NIXIE Tube Displays)
- Nixie service, a nickname for U.S. Postal Service NCSC (National Customer Support Center) where undeliverable mail is processed and returned to sender.
- SLQ-25 Nixie, a torpedo decoy.