- 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.
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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