- 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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Examples from the Web for rivulet
On seeing the rivulet, he hesitated for a moment, and then followed its course.
Then they took their way under the trees, alongside the little Longchamp rivulet.
But near the rivulet yonder stands a fox sniffing the morning air.The Book of Khalid
"Presumptuous that I am," said he to the rivulet, to contradict himself the next moment.The Trampling of the Lilies
The tall plumes of the canes, new-born, by the side of every stream and rivulet.
- a small stream
C16: from Italian rivoletto, from Latin rīvulus, from rīvus stream
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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