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The river rises high in the Ladder Hills, flows through the village of Tomnavoulin and onto the Bridgend of Glenlivet, passing under the remains of a late 18th-century bridge before joining the River Avon, one of the main tributaries of the River Spey.
The name Livet may be derived from the Gaelic liobh + ait meaning "slippery" or "smooth" + "place". Alternatively it has been suggested that it is either an early Gaelic or pre-Gaelic name meaning "full of water" or "floody".
- Ross, D. 2001 Scottish Place-names, Birlinn, Edinburgh
- Nicolaisen, W.F.H. 1976, Scottish Place-Names: their study and significance, Batsford, London
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