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  1. the head or source of a spring, stream, river, etc.; fountainhead.
  2. a source or supply of anything, especially when considered inexhaustible: a wellspring of affection.
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Origin of wellspring

before 900; Middle English welle spring, Old English wyllspring; see well2, spring
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  1. the source of a spring or stream; fountainhead
  2. a source of continual or abundant supply
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Word Origin

Old English welspryng, wylspring; see well ², spring
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Word Origin and History for wellspring


Old English welspryng, literal and figurative, see well (n.) + spring (n.2).

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