ersatz [er-zahts, -sahts, er-zahts, -sahts]
1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain.
2. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.
Origin: 1870-75; < German Ersatz a substitute (derivative of ersetzen to replace)
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