from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The principal building at a watering-place; a house arranged for the convenience of persons who resort to mineral springs and the like.
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During the great search Wolfe, seeing that I was wearing a belt made of plaited string (Yes, Mr. Wolfe, the belt in question was made of blind cord cut from the _kurhaus_ windows!), and noting that it was something unusual, ordered me to leave it behind.