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headwaters

[hed-waw-terz, -wot-erz] /ˈhɛdˌwɔ tərz, -ˌwɒt ərz/
plural noun
1.
Sometimes, headwater. the upper tributaries of a river.
Origin of headwaters
1525-1535
1525-35; head + waters, plural of water
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headwaters

/ˈhɛdˌwɔːtəz/
plural noun
1.
the tributary streams of a river in the area in which it rises; headstreams
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Word Origin and History for headwaters
n.

1530s; see head (n.) + water (n.).

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