Quarry - Encyclopedia

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QUARRY. (1) (Through Fr. from med. Lat. quareia for quadraria; quadrare, to square or hew stone), a place from which stones are dug, the term being usually confined to a place where such operation is carried on in the open air, as opposed to a "mine" (see Quarrying). (2) (Through O. Fr. cuiree, cuir, skin, leather, Lat. corium; cf. mod. Fr. curee, spoils), properly certain parts of a deer or other beast of chase given as a reward to the hounds and placed upon the hide of the animal, also parts of a bird given similarly to a hawk or falcon. The word is thus applied to the animal hunted or the bird killed by the hawk, and generally to any object of the chase.

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