amalgam

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noun amal·gam \ə-ˈmal-gəm\

Definition of amalgam

  1. 1 :  a mixture of different elements <an amalgam of musical forms> <The crowd was an amalgam of young and old.>

  2. 2 :  an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements

Examples of amalgam in a sentence

  1. <a church that is an amalgam of traditional and modern architectural styles>

Origin and Etymology of amalgam

Middle English amalgame, from Medieval French, from Medieval Latin amalgama


First Known Use: 15th century

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AMALGAM Defined for English Language Learners

amalgam

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noun amal·gam \ə-ˈmal-gəm\

Definition of amalgam for English Language Learners

  • : a combination or mixture of different things

  • : a mixture of mercury and other metals used for filling holes in teeth


Medical Dictionary

amalgam

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noun amal·gam \ə-ˈmal-gəm\

Medical Definition of amalgam

  1. :  an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements



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