- a mixture; medley.
Origin of mélange
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Examples from the Web for melange
The volumes are a melange of characters, anecdotes, and reflections.
This father seems to have made a sort of melange of some of the Pentateuchal ordinances.When Were Our Gospels Written?
Melange, get into the carriage and examine the contents of the sword-case and all the little private recesses.Forgotten Tales of Long Ago
E. V. Lucas
- a mixture; confusion
- geology a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins
C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley
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Word Origin and History for melange
1650s, from French mélange (15c.), from mêler "to mix, mingle," from Old French mesler (see meddle).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A metamorphic rock formation created from materials scraped off the top of a downward moving tectonic plate in a subduction zone. Mélanges occur where plates of oceanic crust subduct beneath plates of continental crust, as along the western coast of South America. They consist of intensely deformed marine sediments and ocean-floor basalts and are characterized by the lack of regular strata, the inclusion of fragments and blocks of various rock types, and the presence of minerals that form only under high pressure and low temperature conditions.
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