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wellspring

[wel-spring] /ˈwɛlˌsprɪŋ/
noun
1.
the head or source of a spring, stream, river, etc.; fountainhead.
2.
a source or supply of anything, especially when considered inexhaustible:
a wellspring of affection.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English welle spring, Old English wyllspring; see well2, spring
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  • None of this makes the moon a wellspring, and it would have a long way to go before it became a remotely hospitable place.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellspring

wellspring

/ˈwɛlˌsprɪŋ/
noun
1.
the source of a spring or stream; fountainhead
2.
a source of continual or abundant supply
Word Origin
Old English welspryng, wylspring; see well², spring
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Word Origin and History for wellspring
n.

Old English welspryng, literal and figurative, see well (n.) + spring (n.2).

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