Etymology
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fountainhead (n.)

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

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Definitions of fountainhead

fountainhead (n.)
an abundant source;
Synonyms: well / wellspring
fountainhead (n.)
the source of water from which a stream arises;
Synonyms: headspring / head
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