quarry

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared", from Latin quadrō ‎(I square) itself from quadra ‎(a square).

Noun[edit]

quarry ‎(plural quarries)

  1. A site for mining stone, limestone or slate.
    Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara
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Verb[edit]

quarry ‎(third-person singular simple present quarries, present participle quarrying, simple past and past participle quarried)

  1. (transitive) To obtain (mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.
    Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.
    They quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.
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  • (obtain stone by extraction): mine
  • (extract by search): dig, dig up
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Etymology 2[edit]

From quirre ‎(entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward), from Anglo-Norman quirreie, from Old French cuiriee, altered (influenced by Old French cuir ‎(skin (of an animal)), from Latin corium ‎(hide)), from coree ‎(viscera, entrails), from Vulgar Latin corata ‎(entrails), from Latin cor ‎(heart).

Noun[edit]

quarry ‎(plural quarries)

  1. An animal which is hunted, notably mammal or bird.
  2. A part of the entrails of a hunted animal, given to the hounds.
  3. An object of search or pursuit.
    • A US State Department website advertised a reward of up to $1m (£500,000) for the capture of its quarry, who was described as 5ft 11in (180cm) tall, with a pale complexion, "a moustache and a long, heavy beard that is starting to grey". - BBC News website, 27 April 2007
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Verb[edit]

quarry ‎(third-person singular simple present quarries, present participle quarrying, simple past and past participle quarried)

  1. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)

Etymology 3[edit]

Alteration of quarrel (second etymology).

Noun[edit]

quarry ‎(plural quarries)

  1. A diamond-shaped tile or pane, notably of glass or stone.

References[edit]

  • quarry” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).