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quarry

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Etymology 1

From Mediaeval Latin quarreria (1266), literally a "place where stones are squared," from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] quadrare "to square"

Noun

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Singular
quarry

Plural
quarries

quarry (quarries)
  1. A site for mining stone.
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Verb

Infinitive
to quarry

Third person singular
quarries

Simple past
quarried

Past participle
-

Present participle
quarrying

to quarry (third-person singular simple present quarries, present participle quarrying, simple past and past participle quarried)
  1. To obtain stone from a quarry.
  2. (figuratively) To extract or slowly obtain by long, tedious searching.
    She has quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.
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Etymology 2

From quirre "entrails of deer placed on the hide and given to dogs of the chase as a reward," from Anglo-French quirreie, from Old French cuiriee, altered (influenced by Old French cuir "skin," from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] corium "hide"), from corée "viscera, entrails," from Vulgar Latin corata "entrails," from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cor "heart."

Noun

Singular
quarry

Plural
-

quarry (-)
  1. An animal or bird which is hunted.
  2. An object of search or pursuit.
    • A state department website advertised a reward of up to $1m (£500,000) for the capture of its quarry, who was described as 5ft 11in (180cm) tall, with a pale complexion, "a moustache and a long, heavy beard that is starting to grey". - BBC News website, 27 April 2007
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References

  • "quarry" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

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