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quarry

noun uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/ us    /ˈkwɔːr-/

quarry noun (HOLE)

[C] a large artificial hole in the ground where stone, sand, etc. is dug for use as building material: a granite/limestone/marble/slate quarry

quarry noun (IN HUNTING)

[S] a person or animal being hunted or looked for: The dogs pursued their quarry into an empty warehouse.

quarry

verb [T] uk   /ˈkwɒr.i/ us    /ˈkwɔːr-/
to dig stone, etc. from a quarry
Translations of “quarry”
in Korean 채석장…
in Arabic مَقْلَع الحِجارة, مَحْجَر…
in French carrière…
in Turkish taş ocağı…
in Italian cava…
in Chinese (Traditional) 坑, 採石場…
in Russian каменоломня, карьер…
in Polish kamieniołom…
in Spanish cantera…
in Portuguese pedreira…
in German der Steinbruch…
in Catalan pedrera…
in Japanese 採石場, 石切り場…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坑, 采石场…
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