a fountainhead; source.
Also called wellhouse. a shelter for a well.
the assemblage of equipment attached to the opening of an oil or gas well.


noting or pertaining to petroleum, natural gas, etc., at the place and time at which it leaves the ground: a wellhead price.

Origin of wellhead

First recorded in 1300–50, wellhead is from the Middle English word welleheved. See well2, head
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  • The finest humour springs up out of a wide and a deep heart, and it always has its roots watered at a wellhead of tears.

    Samuel Rutherford

    Alexander Whyte

British Dictionary definitions for wellhead



the source of a well or stream
a source, fountainhead, or origin
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