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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.

2. Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe; unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried; as, raw soldiers; a raw recruit. Approved himself to the raw judgment of the multitude. (De Quincey)

3. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought. Specifically: Not distilled; as, raw water.

Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton.

Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits.

Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow.

Not tanned; as, raw hides.

Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.

4. Not covered; bare. Specifically: bald. With scull all raw.

Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore.

sore, as if by being galled. And all his sinews waxen weak and raw through long imprisonment. (Spenser)

5. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; as, a raw wind. A raw and gusty day. 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.

Origin: AS. Hreaw; akin to D. Raauw, LG. Rau, G. Roh, OHG. Ro, Icel. Hrar, Dan. Raa, Sw. Ra, L. Crudus, Gr. Kreas flesh, Skr. Kravis raw flesh. Cf. C 3ee rude, Cruel.