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Here in the southwest USA the term Rillito is occasionally used for a small river or perennial stream. Is it a real Spanish word (diminutive for River) or just local jargon?

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Dale

  • Posted Feb 2, 2008
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We use it in Mexico but "riachuelo" is the right word for a small river, so "rillito" is used because people doesn't know the right word and just apply the rule, ending in "-ito" to mean something smaller.

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