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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: fontaine, from Latin fons 'place where water comes out of the ground'

fountain

noun
     
foun‧tain [countable]
1DTB a structure from which water is pushed up into the air, used for example as decoration in a garden or park
2 a flow of liquid, or of something bright and colourful that goes straight up into the air
fountain of
A fountain of blood was pouring from his chest.
A fountain of sparks shot high into the sky.
3

fountain of something

written a source or supply of something:
He was a fountain of information on Asian affairs.
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