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raw material

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noun
  1. material before being processed or manufactured into a final form.
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Origin of raw material

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Historical Examples

  • Let the reader now forgive me; and think sometimes what probably my raw-material was!

    History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. I. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle


British Dictionary definitions for raw material

raw material

noun
  1. material on which a particular manufacturing process is carried out
  2. a person or thing regarded as suitable for some particular purposeraw material for the army
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