mélange

[mey-lahnzh, -lahnj]
noun, plural mélanges [mey-lahnzh, -lahn-jiz] .
a mixture; medley.

Origin:
1645–55; < French; Old French meslance, equivalent to mesl(er) to mix (see meddle) + -ance noun suffix ≪ Germanic -ingō -ing1

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melange or mélange (meɪˈlɑːnʒ)
 
n
1.  a mixture; confusion
2.  geology a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins
 
[C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley]
 
mélange or mélange
 
n
 
[C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley]

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melange
1653, from Fr. mélange, from mêler "to mix, mingle," from O.Fr. mesler (see meddle).
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mélange   (mā-läɴzh')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
It is a wonderful melange of the real and the fantastic, the never was and the never could be.
The web has to stop being a meringue frosting on the top of business, this make-do melange of mashups and abstraction layers.
It isn't really awash in anything, being a melange of vague texture, interesting scenery and sad situations.
Finally, to accompany the chicken, a carrot and pea melange.
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