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Meaning of ersatz

er•satz

Pronunciation: (er'zäts, -säts, er-zäts', -säts'), [key]
— adj.
  1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain.
—n.
  1. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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