mélange

[ mey-lahnzh, -lahnj ]
/ meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑndʒ /

noun, plural mé·langes [mey-lahnzh, -lahn-jiz] /meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑn dʒɪz/.

a mixture; medley.

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Origin of mélange

1645–55; < French; Old French meslance, equivalent to mesl(er) to mix (see meddle) + -ance noun suffix ≪ Germanic -ingō -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for melange

melange

mlange

/ (meɪˈlɑːnʒ) /

noun

a mixture; confusion
geology a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins

Word Origin for melange

C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley
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Scientific definitions for melange

mélange
[ mā-läɴzh ]

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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