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 for building block
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  building block
      n 1: a single undivided natural thing occurring in the
           composition of something else; "units of nucleic acids"
           [syn: unit, building block]
      2: a block of material used in construction work

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "building block":
     air, atom, atomic particles, atoms, brute matter, chemical element,
     component, constituent, core, distillate, distillation, earth,
     element, elementary particle, elementary unit, elixir, essence,
     fabric, fire, fundamental particle, gist, heart, hyle, hypostasis,
     kernel, marrow, material, material world, materiality, matter,
     meat, medium, molecule, monad, natural world, nature, nub,
     physical world, pith, plenum, quintessence, sap, soul, spirit,
     stuff, substance, substratum, sum and substance, tangible,
     the four elements, unit of being, water

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