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Noun: amalgam  u'mal-gum
  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
    - dental amalgam
     
  2. A combination or blend of diverse things
    "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"

Derived forms: amalgams

Type of: alloy, combination, metal

Encyclopedia: Amalgam, Gauteng