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runnel

[ruhn-l] /ˈrʌn l/
noun
1.
a small stream; brook; rivulet.
2.
a small channel, as for water.
Also, runlet
[ruhn-lit] /ˈrʌn lɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix
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  • At the base of the wall, the water would be gathered into a runnel and eventually channeled underground to be recirculated.
British Dictionary definitions for runnel

runnel

/ˈrʌnəl/
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 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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