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.

Primary Meanings of quarry

1.
n
animal hunted or caught for food
2.
nv
a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
Full Definitions of quarry
1

n animal hunted or caught for food

Synonyms:
prey
Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

n 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
Type of:
victim
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
2

n a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

Synonyms:
pit, stone pit
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

v extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry

quarry marble”
Type of:
exploit, tap
draw from; make good use of

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