the mill-streamlet close to my home [capitalization]


"the Thames could not peer with the mill-streamlet close to my home"

Above lines I found on dictionary..what does mean "mill-streamlet" ?

if this is place or person why It is not started with capital letter?
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    This is a very rare word from an old book. It means "a little stream which feeds a water-mill". I've never seen it before and I doubt I'll ever see it again.

    (Also archaic: "the Thames could not peer with..." meaning the Thames could not compare with...


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    The Thames is a proper name, but the mill-streamlet is not. A mill-stream is a stream (small river) that was used to power a water mill. The suffix '-let' makes it smaller: a streamlet is a small stream. (This is not a common word.)