riv·​u·​let ˈri-vyə-lət How to pronounce rivulet (audio)
: a small stream

Examples of rivulet in a Sentence

small rivulets trickled down the side of the cliff
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Word History


Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, from Latin rivulus, diminutive of rivus stream — more at run

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rivulet was in 1587

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“Rivulet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivulet. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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riv·​u·​let ˈriv-(y)ə-lət How to pronounce rivulet (audio)
: a small stream

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