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fountainhead

[foun-tn-hed] /ˈfaʊn tnˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a fountain or spring from which a stream flows; the head or source of a stream.
2.
a chief source of anything:
a fountainhead of information.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; fountain + head
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fountainhead

/ˈfaʊntɪnˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a spring that is the source of a stream
2.
a principal or original source
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Word Origin and History for fountainhead
n.

"spring from which a stream flows," 1580s, from fountain + head (n.). Figurative use is from c.1600.

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