Part of speech: noun

An alloy of mercury; a combination.

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Usage examples "amalgam":

  1. Catholicism being the adopted religion of the Decadence- for its venerable age, valuable in such matters as the age of an old wine, its vague excitation of the senses, its mystical picturesqueness- Des Esseintes has a curious collection of the later Catholic literature, where Lacordaire and the Comte de Falloux, Veuillot and Ozanam, find their place side by side with the half- prophetic, half- ingenious Hello, the amalgam of a monstrous mysticism and a casuistical sensuality, Barbey d'Aurevilly. - "Figures of Several Centuries", Arthur Symons.
  2. This means there is ahead of us a long hard test of strength and stamina, between the free world and the communist domain- our politics and our economy, our science and technology against the best they can do- our liberty against their slavery- our voluntary concert Of free nations against their forced amalgam of " people's republics"- our strategy against their strategy- our nerve against their nerve. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. " Did you ever," says Aggy whilst they was talking this and that about mines, " did you ever run your pay dirt through a ground- sluice rocker that was fitted up with double amalgam plates, top and bottom, and had the apron sewed on to a puddle board that slanted up, instead of down?" - "Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters", Henry Wallace Phillips.