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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 374 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RIVER, any considerable stream of water flowing in a defined channel. The origin and subsequent formation of rivers and the valleys along which they flow are considered under GEOGRAPHY, § Principles of Geography, and GEOLOGY, § viii. The word " river " is an adaptation of the O. Fr. rivere (mod. riviere), which descends through Med. Lat. rivers, Low. Lat. riparia, in the sense of river-bank and river, from ripa, bank. The.Latin for a stream or river is rivus, whence rivulas, a small stream, Eng. " rivulet," which is, therefore, distinct in origin from " river," though probably the sense of rivus influenced the Med. Lat. rivera. The etymology of rivus and ripa is disputed; some scholars refer both to the root ri-, to drop, flow; others take ripe to be from the root seen in Gr. Epeiaew, to tear, English " rive," the sense being a broken cliff or steep bath:.
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