admixture

noun
ad·​mix·​ture | \ ad-ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce admixture (audio) \

Definition of admixture

1a : the action of mixing
b : the fact of being mixed
2a : something added by mixing
b : a product of mixing : mixture

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Examples of admixture in a Sentence

an alloy that includes a small admixture of silver an admixture of rose petals and lavender for a fragrant potpourri
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers then traced the timing of their encounter by analyzing the length of the indigenous American genomic segments, and decided the initial admixture took place in the eastern islands of Polynesia around 1150-1230 A.D. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA study confirms," 9 July 2020 But in Rapa Nui, that admixture was dated much later to around 1380 A.D., despite the island being the closest to South America. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA study confirms," 9 July 2020 The researchers were looking for signs that prehistoric Polynesians and Indigenous Americans had children together, which would leave a clear genetic signature in their offspring -- called an admixture. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA study confirms," 9 July 2020 So, too is that admixture of high glamour and drawstring comfort that defines the actual relationship between Hollywood and fashion. New York Times, "Tom Ford’s ‘Very L.A.’ Show," 9 Feb. 2020 That odd admixture of cultures is where snooker gets its old-school charm and humor. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Vintage Snooker," 1 May 2020 Tom Elliot, the play’s leading man, is not unlike Toomer: cruel, curious, naïve, self-involved, cluelessly sexist, an essentialist obsessed with racial and regional admixture, a vague but expansive theorizer even when the moment calls for concision. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Jean Toomer’s Odd, Keening “A Drama of the Southwest”," 23 Mar. 2020 Instead, view him as a flawed, complex political figure whose admixture of vanity and pragmatism is resulting in a political agenda that is less hostile to Christianity than its alternatives. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, "Understanding Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump," 10 Feb. 2020 Rather than a two-sided conflict between masters and slaves, the 1760–1761 revolt was the volatile admixture of many journeys and military campaigns. Vincent Brown, Time, "How One Man's Story Offers a New Way to Understand Slave Insurrection," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of admixture

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for admixture

probably borrowed from New Latin admixtūra, from Latin admixtus (past participle of admiscēre "to add as an ingredient, mix (one thing with another)," from ad- ad- + miscēre "to mix entry 1") + -ūra -ure

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“Admixture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/admixture. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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admixture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of admixture

technical : something added by mixing
: something formed by mixing

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