What Is Another Name for a Small River or Stream?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 18, 2020 8:37:51 PM ET
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Another word for a small river or stream is “brook.” Creek and rivulet also have a similar meaning. Most of the creeks, brooks and rivulets are found at the source of large rivers and in mountainous terrain. The waters of a brook or a rivulet appear clear and pollutant free.