quagga

[kwag-uh, kwog-uh]
noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of quagga

  • 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.

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    Captain Mayne Reid

  • But, to his astonishment, he found that his quagga did not share his intention.

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  • He must fling himself to the ground, and let quagga and saddle go.

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British Dictionary definitions for quagga

quagga

noun plural -gas or -ga
  1. 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 for quagga

C18: from obsolete Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi qǔagga; compare Xhosa i-qwara something striped
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Word Origin and History for quagga
n.

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.

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