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natural resource

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noun
  1. a naturally occurring source of wealth, as land or water.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for natural resources

natural resources

pl n
  1. naturally occurring materials such as coal, fertile land, etc, that can be used by man
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natural resources in Science

natural resource

  1. 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

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

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