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A onyx quarry (etymology 1)

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Medieval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a “place where stones are squared”, from Old French quarrière (compare modern French carrière), from Vulgar Latin *quadraria, from Latin quadrō (I square), itself from quadra (a square), from quattuor (four), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwóres (four).

NounEdit

quarry (plural quarries)

  1. (mining) A site for mining stone, limestone, or slate.
    Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.
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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To obtain (or mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.
  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 2Edit

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

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quarry (countable and uncountable, plural quarries)

  1. (uncountable) A part of the entrails of a hunted animal, given to the hounds as a reward.
  2. (uncountable) An animal, often a bird or mammal, which is hunted.
    • 2017 March, Jennifer S. Holland, “For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival”, in National Geographic[1], archived from the original on 3 May 2017:
      Nofi Raranta, 37, the town's main clove dealer, is also the top hunter, employing about a hundred men who comb the surrounding forests for quarry.
  3. (countable) An object of search or pursuit.
    • 2007 April 27, “US holds ‘senior al-Qaeda figure’”, in BBC News[2], archived from the original on 8 December 2016:
      A US State Department website advertised a reward of up to $1m (£500,000) for the capture of its quarry [Abdul Hadi al Iraqi], who was described as 5ft 11in (180cm) tall, with a pale complexion, "a moustache and a long, heavy beard that is starting to grey".
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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 3Edit

Alteration of quarrel (diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window; square tile).

NounEdit

quarry (plural quarries)

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

ReferencesEdit

  • quarry” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

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