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      • fountainhead noun (STATUE) [ C ] a decorative object made of stone, metal, etc. with a small opening that water comes out of as part of a fountain (= a decorative stream of water in a garden, lake, etc.):
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  2. When it first entered English in the late 16th century, fountainhead was used only in a literal sense—to refer to the source of a stream. By the 17th century, however, it was already beginning to be used figuratively in reference to any original or primary source. In his 1854 work Walden, Henry David Thoreau used the word in its figurative sense, while paying full homage to its literal meaning as well: "Morning air!

  3. 1. A spring that is the source or head of a stream. 2. A chief and copious source; an originator: "the intellectual fountainhead of the black conservatives" (Jerrold K. Footlick). American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

  4. fountainhead noun (STATUE) [ C ] a decorative object made of stone, metal, etc. with a small opening that water comes out of as part of a fountain (= a decorative stream of water in a garden, lake, etc.): The yard is full of huge blue and green glazed pots, tiles, plaques and decorative fountainheads. More examples

  5. fountainhead noun a spring that is the source of a river fountainhead noun an abundant source of knowledge, etc. Freebase (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: Fountainhead The Fountainhead is an Irish rock band from the 1980s. The band name refers to the novel of the same name by Ayn Rand.

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