(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 longitudinem depressus, quo aqua decurrat. ”
(French). A last resource.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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