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quar·ry 1

 (kwôr′ē, kwŏr′ē)
n. pl. quar·ries
1.
a. A hunted animal; prey.
b. Hunted animals considered as a group; game.
2. An object of pursuit: The police lost their quarry in the crowd.

[Middle English querre, entrails of a deer given to hounds as a reward, from Old French cuiriee, alteration (influenced by cuir, skin) of coree, from Vulgar Latin *corāta, viscera, from Latin cor, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

quar·ry 2

 (kwôr′ē, kwŏr′ē)
n. pl. quar·ries
1. An open excavation or pit from which stone is obtained by digging, cutting, or blasting.
2. A rich or productive source: found the book an indispensable quarry of information.
tr.v. quar·ried, quar·ry·ing, quar·ries
1. To obtain (stone) from a quarry, as by cutting, digging, or blasting.
2. To extract (facts, for example) by long, careful searching: finally quarried out the genealogy from hundreds of sources.
3. To use (land) as a quarry.

[Middle English quarey, from Medieval Latin quareria, quareia, alteration of Old French quarriere, from *quarre, cut stone, from Latin quadrum, square; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]

quar′ri·er n.

quar·ry 3

 (kwôr′ē, kwŏr′ē)
n. pl. quar·ries
1. A square or diamond shape.
2. A pane of glass having this shape.

[Variant of quarrel.]
References in classic literature ?
A very considerable excavation had been made in the side of the hill, at the point where Richard had succeeded in stopping the sleighs, from which the stones used for building in the village were ordinarily quarried, and in which he now attempted to turn his team.
Cwt Y Bugail, also known as Graig Ddu, has been quarried and mined since the early 19th century and until the 1940s the site comprised two separate undertakings, the Manod Slate Mine to the east and the Graig Ddu Quarry to the west.
Among the issues in the lawsuit is the type of granite quarried by Broad River in Elberton, which is the same type of granite at the quarry in Rockdale County.