quarry

Both meanings of quarry have to do with going after something. An animal being hunted is called quarry, and when you dig a hole in the earth looking for rocks, both the digging and the hole are called quarry as well.

Gross fact: Quarry derives from the Latin cor "heart," because hunters used to drape the entrails of their chosen quarry on their dogs' backs. The origin in a word for "heart" can help you remember both quarries: a rock quarry is searching down toward the heart of the earth; a stag's heart is considered a hunter's greatest prize.

Definitions of quarry
  1. noun
    animal hunted or caught for food
    synonyms: prey
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    type of:
    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  2. noun
    a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
    synonyms: fair game, prey, target
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    type of:
    victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
  3. noun
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    synonyms: pit, stone pit
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    types:
    chalk pit, chalkpit
    a quarry for chalk
    gravel pit
    a quarry for gravel
    type of:
    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
  4. verb
    extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
    quarry marble”
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    type of:
    exploit, tap
    draw from; make good use of
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