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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Definitions for runnel

  1. a small stream; brook; rivulet.
  2. a small channel, as for water.

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Citations for runnel
It took me the whole day to reach the patch,--which I found indeed a forest--but not a rudiment of brook or runnel had I crossed! George MacDonald, Lilith, 1895
Fastening their boat to a willow, the friends landed in this silent, silver kingdom, and patiently explored the hedges, the hollow trees, the runnels and their little culverts, the ditches and dry waterways. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, 1908
Origin of runnel
Runnel entered English in the 1570s and combines the noun run (in the sense “small stream”) with the diminutive suffix -el.
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