Meaning of amalgam

a•mal•gam

Pronunciation: (u-mal'gum), [key]
— n.
  1. an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals.
  2. an alloy that consists chiefly of silver mixed with mercury and variable amounts of other metals and is used as a dental filling.
  3. a rare mineral, an alloy of silver and mercury, occurring as silver-white crystals or grains.
  4. a mixture or combination: His character is a strange amalgam of contradictory traits.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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