One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A mixture or blend.‘a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern’
combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling, compound, fusion, marriage, weave, coalescence, synthesis, composite, composition, concoction, amalgamationView synonyms
- ‘Though we have been part of a glorious culture, which is an amalgam of arts and science, we are not conscious of the therapeutic values of applied arts.’
- ‘Stretton's outlook, a distinctive blend of the egalitarian and the patrician, is an amalgam of several influences, especially his family and his education.’
- ‘McKenzie paints landscapes that are part reality, part fantasy, amalgams of Australian and European places that get squeezed together in the artist's imagination.’
- ‘It is always interesting asking people about their parents, but rarely does someone come across as such a perfect amalgam of their mother and father as Short.’
- ‘It is as well an intriguing amalgam of the old and new.’
- ‘This is an amalgam of various actions and not a specific action.’
- ‘A curious amalgam of straight history and political pamphlet, it was relatively little read in antiquity, and its modern status has declined in recent years.’
- ‘His homily was an amalgam of humour, wisdom, and Gospel values.’
- ‘This intriguing and maddening novel is a curious amalgam of detective mystery, period romance, and fictional memoir.’
- ‘In fact, what we're getting on November 30 is a curious amalgam of the reactionary and the progressive.’
- ‘It's a perfect amalgam of pleasurable celebration and cool-headed analysis.’
- ‘Today Libya is an amalgam of modernity and tradition.’
- ‘Be it in the form of a cultural amalgam or fusion of art forms, innovations have striking features.’
- ‘The amalgam of American idealism and rags-to-riches dreams is irresistible.’
- ‘At the velodrome on Dalgety Road, an amalgam of juniors and masters gathered from throughout the nation to attend the National Track titles.’
- ‘The old regime state was therefore an uneasy amalgam of traditional and more modern forms of administration which were frequently in competition with one another.’
- ‘The show, to be held at Talkatora Stadium, will see an amalgam of rich Indian heritage and contemporary art put together to entertain the public.’
- ‘More than 50 years ago, writer Carey Williams described LA as ‘a curious amalgam of all America’.’
- ‘Of course it's true that American culture is an amalgam.’
- ‘Devised in Norway, this is an amalgam of traditional approaches and Western psychology, with no religious bias.’
- 1.1Chemistry An alloy of mercury with another metal, especially one used for dental fillings.
- ‘It is no longer necessary to cut large cavities for amalgam fillings.’
- ‘But it's clear that if it is to survive, dentists want the time to do more than 10-minute amalgams and 30-minute crowns.’
- ‘Very small amounts of mercury collect in our bodies from a number of sources including the environment, our food and our amalgam fillings.’
- ‘Depending upon the decorative nature of his work, he may also have known how to gild metals with an amalgam of mercury and gold.’
- ‘Another use of silver alloys is in dental amalgams.’
Late 15th century: from French amalgame or medieval Latin amalgama, from Greek malagma ‘an emollient’.
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