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natural resource

a naturally occurring source of wealth, as land or water.
natural resources, the natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc.
Origin of natural resource
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Certainly, no city in Mexico is better situated as to natural resources.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • How many states there are in it, what are its natural resources, scope, and boundaries.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Measures to be adopted for working up the natural resources of the Archipelago.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Even this small discovery of natural resources encouraged us.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • A Nation's Riches lie both in its people and in its natural resources.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for natural resources

natural resources

plural noun
naturally occurring materials such as coal, fertile land, etc, that can be used by man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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natural resources in Science
natural resource  
Something, such as a forest, a mineral deposit, or fresh water, that is found in nature and is necessary or useful to humans. See more at nonrenewable, renewable.

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natural resources in Culture

natural resources definition

Factors of production not created (though harnessed) by effort. Minerals and fossil fuels are examples of natural resources.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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