fountainhead

[foun-tn-hed]
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:
1575–85; fountain + head

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fountainhead (ˈfaʊntɪnˌhɛd)
 
n
1.  a spring that is the source of a stream
2.  a principal or original source

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fountainhead
spring from which a stream flows, 1580s, from fountain + head. Figurative use is from c.1600.
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It has also spurred many of them to look more closely at their business processes, the fountainhead of their raw accounting data.
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