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[kwag-uh, kwog-uh] /ˈkwæg ə, ˈkwɒg ə/
an extinct equine mammal, Equus quagga, of southern Africa, related to and resembling the zebra, but striped only on the forepart of the body and the head.
Origin of quagga
1775-85; < Afrikaans (now spelling kwagga) < Khoikhoi, first recorded as quácha (1691); said to be imitative of the animal's yelp Unabridged
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  • After that he concluded to remain content with his quagga team.

  • There were two kinds of zebra, a quagga, and a buffalo, both huge and dangerous.

  • Even the quagga is so banded upon the head and upper parts of its body.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • But, to his astonishment, he found that his quagga did not share his intention.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • He must fling himself to the ground, and let quagga and saddle go.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • In vain the quagga tried to get out by the most desperate efforts.

    Adventures in Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • No; the big, solid-hoofed antelope that eats like nylghau or quagga.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • Hendrik's eye was upon him; and in a moment the quagga was turned upon his track.

  • Was he jealous about his quagga's speed, and determined it should beat all the others?

  • “Yes, sir,” said quagga; and Pipkin received the brutal command.

    Lady Eureka, v. 1 (of 3) Robert Folkestone Williams
British Dictionary definitions for quagga


noun (pl) -gas, -ga
a recently extinct member of the horse family (Equidae), Equus quagga, of southern Africa: it had a sandy brown colouring with zebra-like stripes on the head and shoulders
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi qǔagga; compare Xhosa i-qwara something striped
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Word Origin and History for quagga

zebra-like South African animal, 1785, from Afrikaans (1710), from the name for the beast in a native language, perhaps Hottentot quacha, probably of imitative origin. In modern Xhosa, the form is iqwara, with a clicking -q-. What was likely the last one died in an Amsterdam zoo in 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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