wellhead

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Etymology[edit]

From well +‎ head.

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wellhead (plural wellheads)

  1. The place where a spring breaks out of the ground; the source of water for a stream or well.
  2. (figuratively) The source of something; a fountainhead.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.9:
      he likened was to a welhed / Of evill words, and wicked sclaunders by him shed.
  3. The surface structure of an oil well etc.