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rivulet

[riv-yuh-lit] /ˈrɪv yə lɪt/
noun
1.
a small stream; streamlet; brook.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier rivolet < Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo < Latin rīvulus small stream
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  • The helical strikes included on the surface of the cables do not significantly disrupt the rivulet path down the cable.
  • Potential migration or channeling of a liquid can from an elongated pool or rivulet of other sizes and shapes.
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rivulet

/ˈrɪvjʊlɪt/
noun
1.
a small stream
Word Origin
C16: from Italian rivoletto, from Latin rīvulus, from rīvus stream
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Word Origin and History for 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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