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runnel

[ruhn-l]
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noun
  1. a small stream; brook; rivulet.
  2. a small channel, as for water.
Also run·let [ruhn-lit] /ˈrʌn lɪt/.

Origin of runnel

1570–80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for runlet

runlet

noun
  1. archaic a cask for wine, beer, etc

Word Origin

C14: from Old French rondelet roundlet

runnel

noun
  1. literary a small stream

Word Origin

C16: from Old English rynele; related to run
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Word Origin and History for runlet

runnel

n.

"rivulet," 1570s, in Hakluyt, alteration of Middle English ryneil, from Old English rinelle, rynel, a diminutive of ryne "a stream" (see run (n.)).

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