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quadriga

[ kwo-dree-guh, -drahy- ]
/ kwɒˈdri gə, -ˈdraɪ- /
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noun, plural quad·ri·gae [kwo-dree-gahy, -drahy-jee]. /kwɒˈdri gaɪ, -ˈdraɪ dʒi/. Classical Antiquity.

a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast.

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Origin of quadriga

1720–30; <Latin quadrīga, earlier plural quadrīgae, contraction of quadrijugae a team of four; cf. quadri-, yoke1
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British Dictionary definitions for quadriga

quadriga
/ (kwɒˈdriːɡə) /

noun plural -gas or -gae (-dʒiː)

(in the classical world) a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast

Word Origin for quadriga

C18: from Latin, from earlier quadrijugae a team of four, from quadri- + jugum yoke
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