\ \ [17] Amalgamate is a derivative of amalgam, a term for an alloy of mercury and another metal (now usually used for tooth fillings) borrowed into English from French or medieval Latin in the 15th century. Latin (amalagama) probably acquired the word from the Greek adjective málagmasoftening’, a derivative of the verb malásseinsoften’, which is a distant relative of English malleable (see MALLET).

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