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English definition of “amalgam”

amalgam

noun uk   /əˈmæl.ɡəm/ us  

amalgam noun (OF METALS)

[U] specialized chemistry, medical a mixture of mercury and another metal, especially one used by dentists to repair teeth: an amalgam fillingMetals and metalworkingChemical elements

amalgam noun (OF PARTS)

[S] a combination of parts that create a complete whole: The show was a wonderful amalgam of dance, music, and drama. Nearly every new parent feels an amalgam of joy and terror.Mixing and mixturesVariety and mixturesConnecting and combiningGroups and collections of things
(Definition of amalgam from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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