Definition of rivulet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪvjʊlɪt


  • 1A small stream of water or another liquid: sweat ran in rivulets down his back
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    • A small rivulet of water had come off from the main stream, and had formed a clear puddle about two feet across.
    • Several rivulets of the water spread toward the perimeter of the room.
    • The sun falling upon my back has turned the dampness beneath my hair to wet, a tiny rivulet of sweat trickling down my spine.
  • 1.1 literary A very small river or stream.
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    • Tracing the rivulet a hundred paces from the highway, she found the spring that fed it.
    • Arthur was the first one to greet the rivulet; nearly falling off the ten-foot cliff edge that dangled it's face over the waters of the creek.
    • It took her to a small rivulet that branched off from the main rush of the creek.
  • 2A brownish European moth with white markings, occurring in rough grassland.
    • Perizoma affinitatum, family Geometridae


late 16th century: alteration of obsolete riveret (from French, literally 'small river'), perhaps suggested by Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, based on Latin rivus 'stream'.

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