1 [kwawr-ee, kwor-ee]
noun, plural quarries.
an excavation or pit, usually open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc.
an abundant source or supply.
verb (used with object), quarried, quarrying.
to obtain (stone) from or as if from a quarry.
to make a quarry in.

1375–1425; Middle English quarey (noun) < Medieval Latin quareia, variant of quareria < Old French quarriere < Vulgar Latin *quadrāria place where stone is squared, derivative of Latin quadrāre to square

quarriable, quarryable, adjective
unquarried, adjective
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quarry1 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  an open surface excavation for the extraction of building stone, slate, marble, etc, by drilling, blasting, or cutting
2.  a copious source of something, esp information
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
3.  to extract (stone, slate, etc) from or as if from a quarry
4.  (tr) to excavate a quarry in
5.  to obtain (something, esp information) diligently and laboriously: he was quarrying away in the reference library
[C15: from Old French quarriere, from quarre (unattested) square-shaped stone, from Latin quadrāre to make square]

quarry2 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  an animal, bird, or fish that is hunted, esp by other animals; prey
2.  anything pursued or hunted
[C14 quirre entrails offered to the hounds, from Old French cuirée what is placed on the hide, from cuir hide, from Latin corium leather; probably also influenced by Old French coree entrails, from Latin cor heart]

quarry3 (ˈkwɒrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a square or diamond shape
2.  something having this shape
3.  another word for quarrel
[C16: from Old French quarré; see quarrel²]

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Word Origin & History

"what is hunted," c.1320, quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-Fr. quirreie, from O.Fr. cuiriee, altered (by influence of O.Fr. cuir "skin," from L. corium "hide"), from O.Fr. corée "viscera, entrails," from V.L. *corata "entrails,"
from L. cor "heart." Sense of "anything chased in hunt" is first recorded 1615; earlier "bird targeted by a hawk or other raptor" (1486).

"where rocks are excavated," c.1400, from M.L. quarreria (1266), lit. "place where stones are squared," from L. quadrare "to square" (see quadrant). The verb is attested from 1774.
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