Definitions for mélangemeɪˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑndʒ; -ˈlɑ̃ʒ, -ˈlɑn dʒɪz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. odds and ends, oddments, melange, farrago, ragbag, mishmash, mingle-mangle, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, gallimaufry, omnium-gatherum(noun)

    a motley assortment of things


  1. melange(Noun)

    A collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things

    The room was a melange of comic books and posters.

  2. melange(Noun)

    A Viennese coffee speciality, half steamed milk and half coffee.

  3. Origin: From mélange, from mélange, meslange, from meslance, meslinges, derived from mescler (modern French mêler), from *, from misceo + -inges, a suffix of origin, from *. More at mix, -ing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melange(noun)

    a mixture; a medley


  1. Melange

    Melange from French mélange, – also called the "spice" – is the name of the fictional drug central to the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert, and derivative works. In the series, the most essential and valuable commodity in the universe is melange, a geriatric drug that gives the user a longer life span, greater vitality, and heightened awareness; it can also unlock prescience in some humans, depending upon the dosage and the consumer's physiology. This prescience-enhancing property makes safe and accurate interstellar travel possible. Melange comes with a steep price, however: it is addictive, and withdrawal is fatal. Carol Hart analyzes the concept in the essay "Melange" in The Science of Dune.

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