national heritage

Main Entry:  national heritage
Part of Speech:  n, adj
Definition:  anything of national significance which is handed down and preserved through generations, esp. architecture, landscapes, documents, and other artifacts; also, a body set up to carry out this preservation
Example:  In a national heritage area, natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography.
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