French word simply meaning "a mix," appropriated by Frank Herbert for the Spice's name. I.e., "The house's interior was a melange of styles, from spare Japanese spaces to English country manor" or "Loreena McKennitt's latest cd is a melange of Middle Eastern, Celtic and folk flavors.'
M'e`lange" (?), n. [F. See Mell, Meddle.]
A mixture; a medley.
© Webster 1913.
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