Origin of amalgam
Examples from the Web for amalgam
Spall says that, faced with the contradictions in the research, they created an amalgam of them.
The speech began as an amalgam of scare tactics and bipartisan appeal.
The struggling technology company is an amalgam of businesses that could be worth more separately than they are together.
Their Newt-defaming spot, “Serial Hypocrisy” is an amalgam of all the ads described above.Newt Gets Attacked in Ads Ranging From Mediocre to So-So|Judith Grey|December 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
What emerged from New Yorkers and local sportswriters was an amalgam of shock, disappointment, and disbelief.Cliff Lee Signs With the Phillies: Get Over It, New York|Buzz Bissinger|December 15, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The amalgam is formed by melting the two metals together, and afterwards pouring them into cold water.Popular Technology; Volume 2|Edward Hazen
Sometimes special difficulties crop up in the process of separating the gold from the amalgam.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
An amalgam is next prepared by uniting the mercury and sodium.Legal Chemistry|A. Naquet
So he and the foreman retorted the amalgam and melted the gold into bars.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Last clean-up I brought you two pounds of amalgam if it was an ounce.Blue Goose|Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for amalgam
Word Origin for amalgam
Word Origin and History for amalgam
c.1400, "blend of mercury with another metal; soft mass formed by chemical manipulation," from Old French amalgame or directly from Medieval Latin amalgama, "alloy of mercury (especially with gold or silver)," an alchemists' word, perhaps an alteration of Latin malagma "poultice, plaster," probably from Arabic al-malgham "an emollient poultice or unguent for sores (especially warm)" [Francis Johnson, "A Dictionary of Persian, Arabic, and English"], perhaps from Greek malagma "softening substance," from malassein "to soften," from malakos "soft."