[foun-tn-hed] /ˈfaʊn tnˌhɛd/

a or spring from which a stream flows; the or source of a stream.
a chief source of anything:
a fountainhead of information.
a spring that is the source of a stream
a principal or original source

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


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