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amalgam — as in:  an amalgam of other’s ideas

The antebellum propaganda war between North and South had created in southern minds an image of the hated Yankees as an amalgam of money-grubbing mudsill Black Republican abolitionist Goths and Vandals.
James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
a combination or blend of diverse things

More rarely, amalgam can refer to an alloy of mercury with another metal. At one time dentists commonly filled cavities with amalgam.
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