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[uh-mal-guh-mey-shuh n] /əˌmæl gəˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of amalgamating.
the state or result of being amalgamated.
Commerce. a consolidation of two or more corporations.
Metallurgy. the extraction of precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury.
Origin of amalgamation
1605-15; amalgam + -ation
Related forms
preamalgamation, noun
reamalgamation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amalgamation
  • Max is based on an amalgamation of my son and stepson.
  • In front of me is a strange amalgamation of '60s-era flip switches and modern digital display screens.
  • They call this amalgamation — human genes plus microbial genes — the metagenome.
  • It's an amalgamation of various training methods.
  • The city was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of the twin cities.
  • But he has also produced a moody fictional essay of urban culture and its organic, pervasive amalgamation with technology.
  • The reef is an amalgamation of flat and jagged coral heads.
  • Each is itself an amalgamation, and neither has developed a strong brand name.
  • Tampa has lost something, too, in the regional amalgamation.
  • The mere idea of this amalgamation was instrumental in producing the rebellion.
British Dictionary definitions for amalgamation


the action or process of amalgamating
the state of being amalgamated
a method of extracting precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury to form an amalgam
(commerce) another word for merger (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for amalgamation

1610s, noun of action from archaic amalgam (v.) "to alloy with mercury" (see amalgamate). Figurative, non-chemical sense of "a combining into one uniform whole" is attested from 1775.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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