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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 filling

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.
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