amalgam
[ uh-mal-guhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late 15th century; Greek from French amalgame or medieval Latin amalgama, from Greek malagma ‘an emollient’
Synonyms
    1.
  • combination
  • union
  • merger
  • blend
  • mixture
  • mingling
  • fusion
  • weave
    2.
  • admixture
  • alloy
  • composite
  • compound
Antonyms
    1.
  • division
  • separation
    2.
  • natural element
Definition
1. a blend or mixture
2. an alloy that consists chiefly of silver mixed with mercury and variable amounts of other metals and is used as a dental filling
Examples
1. A) Margaret's personality was an amalgam of interesting traits. B) The production included an amalgam of beautiful singing, dancing, and acting.
2. A) The dentist informed me I would have to get three amalgams. B) Before clear sealant, amalgam was the common solution for cavities.
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