melting pot

a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.
a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures is taking place.

1375–1425; late Middle English Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
melting pot
1.  a pot in which metals or other substances are melted, esp in order to mix them
2.  an area in which many races, ideas, etc, are mixed

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Cultural Dictionary

melting pot definition

A term expressing the view that immigrants to the United States have been fused or melted into a single people.

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Example sentences
They simply do not exist so put that into your scientific melting pot and tell
  me what you come up with.
It's a melting pot for culture creating so many fine foods, music,
  architectural delights and entertainers.
The idea was that freshmen could manage to mix together on their own and help
  form the college's own little melting pot.
While this pilgrimage may be necessary to keep churning out cheap almonds, it
  also creates a melting pot of pathogens.
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