rivulet

[ riv-yuh-lit ]
/ ˈrɪv yə lɪt /

noun

a small stream; streamlet; brook.

Nearby words

  1. rivinus incisure,
  2. rivière,
  3. rivière du loup,
  4. rivière-du-loup,
  5. rivne,
  6. rivulus,
  7. rix-dollar,
  8. riyadh,
  9. riyal,
  10. riza shah pahlavi

Origin of rivulet

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

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British Dictionary definitions for rivulet

rivulet

/ (ˈrɪvjʊlɪt) /

noun

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

rivulet

n.

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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