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Definition of amalgam

1 : a mixture of different elements an amalgam of musical forms The crowd was an amalgam of young and old.
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 Dentists have used silver-colored mercury amalgam (mercury mixed, about 50/50, with a combination of silver, tin, copper and other metals) to fill cavities for at least 150 years.— Jennifer Huget

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Examples of amalgam in a Sentence

a church that is an amalgam of traditional and modern architectural styles
Recent Examples on the Web His Blue and White is an amalgam of centrists, leftists and hard-line nationalists. Ivan Levingston,, "Netanyahu Goes Where No Israeli Leader Has Gone for Votes," 8 May 2020 Long ago there must have been a single name for this strange amalgam of memory and forgetting. Kay Ryan, Harper's Magazine, "On Forgetting," 30 Mar. 2020 This odd and garlicky amalgam of carbohydrates is a staple in both home kitchens and street carts and features lentils, rice and macaroni, along with chickpeas and crispy onions and is served with a savory tomato sauce. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Makani offers Egyptian fare and hookahs on I-Drive | Review," 15 Aug. 2019 One more plate to split: the Hangtown Brei, an amalgam of San Francisco’s Hangtown fry and matzo brei. Los Angeles Times, "Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox opened Santa Monica’s hottest restaurant of the year," 3 Oct. 2019 Is the mystery song, in fact, an amalgam of different tunes lodged in [Tyler] Gillett’s brain, which over time have come together to make one strangely specific creation? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Two tech giants, once bitter enemies, are cooperating in the wake of coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Not says Dillon’s Rule, an amalgam of two late 19th-century court rulings stating, simply, that cities can’t do diddly unless the state graciously grants them the right to do so. Can’t determine their own minimum wage. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Alabama is a sad tale of two states: Where do you want to live?," 19 Feb. 2020 The cuisine at Condesa, in a way, reflects the fluidity of Heredia's life: Difficult to label, an amalgam of different events that shaped a neighborhood, and are still shaping it. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "New downtown Phoenix restaurant is inspired by Mexico City's trendy bohemian neighborhood," 8 Nov. 2019 The amalgam of veils in a range of materials, spanning from times of yore all the way into the future, clearly sent the message that veils, in all their forms, are ready for the here and now, wedding or not. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "9 Reasons to Reconsider the Wedding Veil—Whether You’re Getting Married or Not," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of amalgam

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for amalgam

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

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12 May 2020

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“Amalgam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amalgam

formal : a combination or mixture of different things
technical : a mixture of mercury and other metals used for filling holes in teeth


amal·​gam | \ ə-ˈmal-gəm How to pronounce amalgam (audio) \

Medical Definition of amalgam

: 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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