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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.

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540. Quarry

  1. Cerynean stag captured by Hercules as third Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
  2. Cretan bull savage bull caught by Hercules as seventh Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
  3. Erymanthian boar Hercules fourth Labor: to take this ravaging beast alive. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
  4. fetching Cerberus Hercules twelfth Labor: capture the Hadean watchdog. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 150]
  5. Moby Dick pursued by Ahab and crew of Pequod. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick ]
  6. Nemean lion awesome beast strangled by Hercules as first Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 148]
  7. Old Ben great bear; subject of annual quest by mature men. [Am. Lit.: The Bear in Six Modern Short Novels ]
  8. oxen of Geryon captured after tremendous obstacles overcome; Hercules tenth Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
  9. snark elusive imaginary animal. [Br. Lit.: The Hunting of the Snark ]
  10. Wolfman metamorphosed man hunted down by armed men as wild beast. [Am. Lit.: Wolfman ]
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quarryFlorrie, Laurie, lorry, Macquarie, quarry, sorry, whare •Rhodri • Godfrey • hostelry •Coventry • quixotry •cacciatore, Corey, dory, Florey, flory, furore, glory, gory, hoary, hunky-dory, lory, Maury, monsignori, Montessori, multistorey, Pori, Rory, satori, saury, storey, story, Tory, vainglory •Aubrey • aumbry •Audrey, bawdry, tawdry •laundry •gallimaufry, orphrey •palfrey • paltry • outlawry • centaury •clerestory (US clearstory) •understorey •cowrie, kauri, Lowry, Maori •Cowdrey • foundry • Rowntree •ochry (US ochery) • poultry •coxcombry • matsuri • Kirkcudbright •shoetree •Hurri, potpourri •kukri • century • penury • estuary •residuary • augury • mercury

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quarry1 parts of a deer placed on the hide and given to the hounds; collection of deer killed XIV; animal hunted or hawked at XV. ME. quirre, querre — AN. *quire, *quere, OF. cuiree (mod. curée), alt., by crossing with cuir leather and curer cleanse, spec. disembowel (:- L. curāre CURE), of couree :- Rom. *corāta entrails, f. cor HEART; see -Y5.

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quarry3 square tile, etc. XVI; †square-headed arrow: pane of glass XVII. alt. of QUARREL1, prob. after †quarry square (XIII–XVII) — OF. quarré (mod. carré):- L. quadrātus QUADRAT.

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quarry an animal which is being hunted. Originally, the term denoted the parts of a deer that were placed on the hide and given as a reward to the hounds; the word comes (in Middle English) from Old French cuiree, an alteration, influenced by cuir ‘leather’ and curer ‘clean, disembowel’, of couree, based on Latin cor ‘heart’.

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quarry2 open-air excavation from which stone is obtained. XV. — medL. quarreia, shortened var. of quareria = OF. quarriere (mod. carrière). f. *quarre :- L. quadrum square.
Hence vb. XVIII.

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quarrying See GLACIAL PLUCKING.

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quarrying See glacial plucking.

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Quarry

a heap of deer killed at a hunt, 1400; a heap of dead men, 1589.

Examples : quarry of the dead, 1603; quarry of piled vanities, 1633.