Does there exist one word or one term to denote natural items found on the ground such as trees, grass, rocks etc.?

A word that encompasses both inanimate as well as animate objects but that is not man-made.

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    Geography? That's just geology with trees, as Terry Pratchett says. – John Lawler Jan 17 '15 at 18:41
  • I don't think there's likely to be anything more specific than "natural items". Collectively, trees and grass are in the general category flora (as opposed to fauna for animals). But not many people would call an individual plant or animal an "object", and to a first approximation all other "natural things" are essentially just rocks (or stones, pebbles, etc.). – FumbleFingers Jan 17 '15 at 18:49
  • naturalia but it's not English. – Bob Stein Jan 17 '15 at 19:39
  • What about scenery? Would that qualify? – Kevin Johnson Jan 17 '15 at 20:07
  • How about topography, in this sense (from Merriam Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary): "the physical or natural features of an object or entity and their structural relationships"—where the object or entity is the earth? – Sven Yargs Jan 17 '15 at 21:43

aground = on the ground (adjective) (Am.Heritage definition) but that probably doesn't readily go for rooted items.

surface-found items = naturally mean on the surface (of the earth)

But there may be a problem in that you are asking to describe two categories of things: on the ground and rooted in the ground


"nature" Simple as that. I don't think there is a better word.

"nature" (noun) the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people.

  • The object has to be connected to the ground, so it should exclude stars etc.. – Kevin Johnson Jan 17 '15 at 20:05

Detritus--gravel, sand, silt or other material produced by erosion; organic matter produced by the decomposition of organisms.

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    This word mainly refers to waste-type of objects. Diamonds, gemstones, pearls etc. would be excluded from this word. – Kevin Johnson Jan 17 '15 at 22:00

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