Amalgam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈmælɡəm|  American pronunciation of the word amalgam
Brit.  |əˈmalɡəm|  British pronunciation of the word amalgam

noun

- 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
- a combination or blend of diverse things

his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas

Examples

...a church that is an amalgam of traditional and modern architectural styles...

his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas

Word forms

noun
singular: amalgam
plural: amalgams
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