a small stream; streamlet; brook.

Origin of rivulet

1580–90; earlier rivolet < Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo < Latin rīvulus small stream
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Related Words for rivulet

rill, creek, stream, brook, channel, river, bourn, runnel, streamlet, runlet

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a small stream

Word Origin for rivulet

C16: from Italian rivoletto, from Latin rīvulus, from rīvus stream
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Word Origin and History for rivulet

1580s, from Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, itself a diminutive of rivo "brook," from Latin rivus "stream, brook," from PIE *reiwos, literally "that which flows," from root *reie- "to flow, run" (see Rhine).

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