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AMALGAM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does amalgam mean? 

AMALGAM (noun)
  The noun AMALGAM has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. a combination or blend of diverse things

  Familiarity information: AMALGAM used as a noun is rare.


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AMALGAM (noun)


Sense 1amalgam [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

amalgam; dental amalgam

Hypernyms ("amalgam" is a kind of...):

alloy; metal (a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten)


Sense 2amalgam [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A combination or blend of diverse things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas

Hypernyms ("amalgam" is a kind of...):

combination (a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities)


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