broken stream

broken stream

[¦brō·kən ′strēm]
(hydrology)
A stream that repeatedly disappears and reappears, such as occurs in an arid region.
References in classic literature ?
From the vast, invisible ocean of moonlight overhead fell, here and there, a slender, broken stream that seemed to plash against the intercepting branches and trickle to earth, forming small white pools among the clumps of laurel.