quar·ry1 / ˈkwôrē; ˈkwä-/ • n. (pl. -ries) a place, typically a large, deep pit, from which stone or other materials are or have been extracted. • v. (-ries, -ried) [tr.] extract (stone or other materials) from a quarry. ∎ cut into (rock or ground) to obtain stone or other materials. quar·ry2 • n. (pl. -ries) an animal pursued by a hunter, hound, predatory mammal, or bird of prey. ∎ a thing or person that is chased or sought: the security police crossed the border in pursuit of their quarry. quar·ry3 • n. (pl. -ries) 1. (also quar·rel) a diamond-shaped pane of glass as used in lattice windows. 2. (also quarry tile) an unglazed floor tile.
- Cerynean stag captured by Hercules as third Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
- Cretan bull savage bull caught by Hercules as seventh Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
- Erymanthian boar Hercules’ fourth Labor: to take this ravaging beast alive. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
- fetching Cerberus Hercules’ twelfth Labor: capture the Hadean watchdog. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 150]
- Moby Dick pursued by Ahab and crew of Pequod. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick ]
- Nemean lion awesome beast strangled by Hercules as first Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 148]
- Old Ben great bear; subject of annual quest by mature men. [Am. Lit.: The Bear in Six Modern Short Novels ]
- oxen of Geryon captured after tremendous obstacles overcome; Hercules’ tenth Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
- snark elusive imaginary animal. [Br. Lit.: The Hunting of the Snark ]
- Wolfman metamorphosed man hunted down by armed men as wild beast. [Am. Lit.: Wolfman ]
Hence vb. XVIII.