quarry
I. noun (plural quarries) Etymology: Middle English quirre, querre entrails of game given to the hounds, from Anglo-French cureie, quereie, from quir, cuir skin, hide (on which the entrails were placed), from Latin corium — more at cuirass Date: 14th century 1. obsolete a heap of the game killed in a hunt 2. game; specifically game hunted with hawks 3. one that is sought or pursued ; prey II. noun (plural quarries) Etymology: Middle English quarey, alteration of quarrere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *quadraria, from Late Latin quadrus hewn (literally, squared) stone, from Latin quadrum square Date: 14th century 1. an open excavation usually for obtaining building stone, slate, or limestone 2. a rich source III. verb (quarried; quarrying) Date: 1774 transitive verb 1. to dig or take from or as if from a quarry <
quarry marble
>
2. to make a quarry in <
quarry a hill
>
intransitive verb to delve in or as if in a quarry IV. noun (plural quarries) Etymology: alteration of 1quarrel Date: 1555 a diamond-shaped pane of glass, stone, or tile

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, / (especially that of the hunting falcon), , /


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