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Possibly from Italian rivoletto diminutive of rivolo small stream from Latin rīvulus diminutive of rīvus stream rei- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old French riveret (“little stream").
For eight months of the year the Jumna shrinks to the dimensions of a mere rivulet, meandering through a waste of sand.
To the south the rivulet of the Mance soon forms a formidable obstacle as its bed cuts its way through the sandstone.
It is suitable for the bog garden or for moist ground near a rivulet.
Only a thin rivulet of water came from the faucet, making it difficult to wash the dishes.
What was once a large river is now a tiny rivulet because of the drought.
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