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NOUN (2)

1. an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams;
[syn: amalgam, dental amalgam]

2. a combination or blend of diverse things;
- Example: "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

amalgam \a*mal"gam\ ([.a]*m[a^]l"gam), n. [F. amalgame, prob. fr. L. malagma, Gr. ma`lagma, emollient, plaster, poultice, fr. mala`ssein to make soft, fr. malako`s soft.] 1. An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; as, an amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: Medalists apply the term to soft alloys generally. [1913 Webster] 2. A mixture or compound of different things. [1913 Webster] 3. (Min.) A native compound of mercury and silver. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

amalgam \a*mal"gam\, v. t. & i. [Cf. F. amalgamer] To amalgamate. --Boyle. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

amalgam n 1: an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams [syn: amalgam, dental amalgam] 2: a combination or blend of diverse things; "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "amalgam": admixture, alloy, alloyage, amalgamation, blend, combination, combo, commixture, composite, composition, compound, concoction, confection, ensemble, fusion, immixture, interfusion, intermixture, magma, mix, mixture, paste