Prey vs. Quarry

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Prey and Quarry is that the biological interaction where a predator feeds on a prey organism and Quarry is a place from which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate etc. has been excavated from the ground.

  • Prey

    Predation is a biological interaction where a predator (a hunting animal) kills and eats its prey (the organism that is attacked). Predators are adapted and often highly specialized for hunting, with acute vision, hearing, and sense of smell. Many have sharp claws and jaws to grip, kill, and cut up their prey.

    In ecology, predators are heterotrophic, getting all their energy from other organisms. This places them at high trophic levels in food webs. Many predators are carnivores; others include egg predators. Predation is one of a family of common feeding behaviours that includes parasitism and micropredation which usually do not kill the host, and parasitoidism which always does, eventually. All these are evolutionarily stable strategies.

    Predator and prey adapt to each other in an evolutionary arms race, coevolving under natural selection to develop antipredator adaptations in the prey and adaptations such as stealth and aggressive mimicry that improve hunting efficiency in the predator.

  • Quarry

    A quarry is a place from which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, gravel, or slate has been excavated from the ground. A quarry is the same thing as an open-pit mine from which minerals are extracted. The only non-trivial difference between the two is that open-pit mines that produce building materials and dimension stone are commonly referred to as quarries.

    The word quarry can also include the underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.

  • Prey (noun)

    Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war


  • Prey (noun)

    That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.

  • Prey (noun)

    A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.

    “The rabbit was eaten by the coyote, so the rabbit is the coyote’s prey.”

  • Prey (noun)

    The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.

  • Prey (noun)

    The victim of a disease.

  • Prey (verb)

    To act as a predator.

  • Quarry (noun)

    A site for mining stone, slate.

    “w|Michelangelo personally quarried marble from the world-famous quarry at Carrara.”

  • Quarry (noun)

    A part of the hunted hounds as a reward.

  • Quarry (noun)

    An hunted.

  • Quarry (noun)

    An object of search or pursuit.

  • Quarry (noun)

    A tile or stone.

  • Quarry (verb)

    To mine) stone by extraction from a quarry.

  • Quarry (verb)

    To extract or slowly searching.

    “They quarried out new, interesting facts about ancient Egypt from old papyri.”

  • Quarry (verb)

    To prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.


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