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mélange

[mey-lahnzh, -lahnj] /meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑndʒ/
noun, plural mélanges
[mey-lahnzh, -lahn-jiz] /meɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑn dʒɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a mixture; medley.
Origin of mélange
1645-1655
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

/meɪˈlɑːnʒ/
noun
1.
a mixture; confusion
2.
(geology) a totally disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes, sizes, ages, and origins
Word Origin
C17: from French mêler to mix. See medley
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Word Origin and History for melange
n.

1650s, from French mélange (15c.), from mêler "to mix, mingle," from Old French mesler (see meddle).

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melange in Science
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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