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[wel-dres-ing] /ˈwɛlˌdrɛs ɪŋ/
(in parts of rural Britain) a traditional ceremony of decorating wells with flowers in thanks for the blessing of an abundant supply of pure water.
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welldresser, noun Unabridged
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  • As such it came in for the annual custom of “well dressing,” a vestige of the old pagan practice of well worship.

    The Annals of Willenhall Frederick William Hackwood
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well dressing

the decoration of wells with flowers, etc: a traditional annual ceremony of great antiquity in some parts of Britain, originally associated with the cult of water deities
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