The word "raw" confuses me. Could you please tell me what's the semantic relatedness between words "coin" and "raw"?
The full text is:
Tyler was a softer target: I begged and he gave me a silver coin as big as my palm. The coin soothed me. It seemed to me that Tyler’s buying it was a declaration of loyalty, a pledge to our family that despite the madness that had hold of him, that made him want to go to school, ultimately he would choose us. By the time the leaves began to change, from the juniper greens of summer to the garnet reds and bronzed golds of autumn, that coin shimmered even in the lowest light, polished by a thousand finger strokes.I’d taken comfort in the raw physicality of it, certain that if the coin was real, Tyler’s leaving could not be.
Tara Westover's novel, educated
I checked "raw" in Longman Dictionary:
- not cooked
- raw substances are in a natural state and not treated or prepared for use.
- raw information is collected but not organized, examined, or developed.
- raw feelings are strong and natural, but not fully controlled.
- if a part of your body is raw, the skin there is red and painful.
- not experienced or not fully trained.
- touch/hit a raw nerve
- very cold.
- music, art, language etc that is raw is simple, direct, and powerful, but not fully developed.