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Definition of amalgam noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    amalgam

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈmælɡəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmælɡəm//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] amalgam (of something) (formal) a mixture or combination of things The film script is an amalgam of all three books. an amalgam of several companies and organizations
  2. 2[uncountable] (specialist) a mixture of mercury and another metal, used especially to fill holes in teeth
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French amalgame or medieval Latin amalgama, from Greek malagma ‘an emollient’.
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