ehern

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From Old High German ēr, from Proto-Germanic *aiz.

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ehern ‎(comparative eherner, superlative am ehernsten)

  1. (archaic, poetic) made of metal, particularly iron
    Trifft uns die Todeskugel, ruft uns das Schicksal ab,
    Dann wird uns der Panzer ein ehernes Grab.
    When the bullet of death hits us, when we are called by destiny,
    Then our tank becomes an iron grave for us. (Line from the Panzerlied)
  2. (figuratively, of a rule, will, etc.) iron, inflexible
    ein ehernes Gesetz‎ ― an iron law

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