A well house for a large spring


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Hi, I have a question about this expression.
Actually it's from mud game, Colossal Cave Adventure.

I guess 'for a large spring' is decorating 'a well house', but I'm not sure what it means.
What is 'a well house' and what is 'for a large spring'?
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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    A well house (also wellhouse and well-house) is a small building or hut (often made of stone) that is built over a well or a spring for the purpose of protecting the well or spring from cattle, and to provide some shelter for people at the well. It also might prevent a spring from freezing.

    Here's a picture: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/63/Jarrot_Mansion's_Wellhouse.JPG/600px-Jarrot_Mansion's_Wellhouse.JPG

    PS, you may quote from the source - in this case the example is "You are inside a building, a well house for a large spring. There are some keys on the ground here. There is a shiny brass lamp nearby. There is food here. There is a bottle of water here."
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