Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various alloys of mercury with other metals, especially:
  • n. An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
  • n. An alloy of mercury and tin used in silvering mirrors.
  • n. A combination of diverse elements; a mixture: an amalgam of strength, reputation, and commitment to ethical principles. See Synonyms at mixture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A combination of different things
  • n. An alloy containing mercury
  • v. To amalgamate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals
  • n. A mixture or compound of different things.
  • n. A native compound of mercury and silver.
  • v. To amalgamate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix, as metals, by amalgamation; amalgamate.
  • To become amalgamated.
  • n. A compound of mercury or quicksilver with another metal; any metallic alloy of which mercury forms an essential constituent part.
  • n. Figuratively, a mixture or compound of different things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a combination or blend of diverse things
  • n. 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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French amalgame, from Medieval Latin amalgama, probably ultimately from Greek malagma, soft mass.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Medieval Latin amalgama ("mercury alloy"), from Ancient Greek μάλαγμα (malagma, "gold"), from μαλάσσω (malassō, "to soften"), from μαλακός (malakos, "soft"). For the verb, compare French amalgamer. (Wiktionary)

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