- 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
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- 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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