wellspring

[ wel-spring ]
/ ˈwɛlˌsprɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of wellspring

before 900; Middle English welle spring, Old English wyllspring; see well2, spring
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wellspring

/ (ˈwɛlˌsprɪŋ) /

noun

the source of a spring or stream; fountainhead
a source of continual or abundant supply

Word Origin for wellspring

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

wellspring


n.

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

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