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 for Raw material
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, n.
     The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be
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     Raw material, any crude, unfinished, or elementary
        materials that are adapted to use only by processes of
        skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Raw \Raw\ (r[add]), a. [Compar. Rawer (r[add]"[~e]r); superl.
     Rawest.] [AS. hre['a]w; akin to D. raauw, LG. rau, G. roh,
     OHG. r[=o], Icel. hr[=a]r, Dan. raa, Sw. r[*a], L. crudus,
     Gr. kre`as flesh, Skr. kravis raw flesh. [root]18. Cf.
     Crude, Cruel.]
     1. Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the
        action of heat; as, raw sienna; specifically, not cooked;
        not changed by heat to a state suitable for eating; not
        done; as, raw meat.
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     2. Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe;
        unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried; as, raw
        soldiers; a raw recruit.
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              Approved himself to the raw judgment of the
              multitude.                            --De Quincey.
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     3. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by
        art; unwrought. Specifically:
        (a) Not distilled; as, raw water. [Obs.] --Bacon.
        (b) Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton.
        (c) Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits.
        (d) Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow.
        (e) Not tanned; as, raw hides.
        (f) Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw
            edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.
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     4. Not covered; bare. Specifically:
        (a) Bald. [Obs.] "With skull all raw." --Spenser
        (b) Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore.
        (c) Sore, as if by being galled.
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                  And all his sinews waxen weak and raw
                  Through long imprisonment.        --Spenser.
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     5. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak; as, a raw wind.
        "A raw and gusty day." --Shak.
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     Raw material, material that has not been subjected to a
        (specified) process of manufacture; as, ore is the raw
        material used in smelting; leather is the raw material of
        the shoe industry.
     Raw pig, cast iron as it comes from the smelting furnace.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  raw material
      n 1: material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing [syn:
           raw material, staple]

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