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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAW

If milk of this kind must be used, some raw food should be given with it.

Closer to her than the hospital was life in the raw that night.

It was December then, gray and raw, with a wet snow that changed to rain as it fell.

Most of these are raw boys, who know all that can be learned of war on a cricket field.

I should have judged that you were a raw recruit in the camp of the enemy.

But everything is raw, for the Iroquois are thorough savages.

The raw material out of which theology created the future state.

There we shall build sheds for the storage of the raw material.

As he gazes on the rushing flood he thinks of the waste of raw material.

He cared nothing for raw fish, but he knew their possibilities.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hreaw "uncooked, raw," from Proto-Germanic *khrawaz (cf. Old Norse hrar, Danish raa, Old Saxon hra, Middle Dutch rau, Dutch rauw, Old High German hrawer, German roh), from PIE root *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (cf. Sanskrit kravih "raw flesh," krura- "bloody, raw, hard;" Greek kreas "flesh;" Latin crudus "not cooked," cruor "thick blood;" Old Irish cru, Lithuanian kraujas, Old Church Slavonic kruvi "blood;" Old English hrot "thick fluid, serum").

Meaning "tender, sore" is from late 14c.; of persons, "inexperienced" from 1560s; of weather, "damp and chilly" first recorded 1540s. Related: Rawly; rawness. Raw material is from 1796, with sense of "in a rudimental condition, unfinished." Phrase in the raw "naked" (1921) is from the raw "exposed flesh," attested from 1823. Raw deal "harsh treatment" attested by 1893.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RAW

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adjectivepiercing, sharp
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