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Deriʹve (2 syl.)

means “back to its channel or source” (Latin, de rivo). The Latin rivus (a river) does not mean the stream or current, but the source whence it flows, or the channel through which it runs. As Ulpian says, “Fons sive locus per longituʹdinem depressus, quo aqua decurrat.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Deodand
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Department
Dependence
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Depute
Derbend [iron]
Derby Stakes
Derive
Dernier Ressort (French)
Derrick
Derwentwater
Desdemona (in Shakespeare’s Othello)
Desmas
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Dessert
Destruction
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