- 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
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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.Impressions of South Africa
Even the quagga is so banded upon the head and upper parts of its body.
But, to his astonishment, he found that his quagga did not share his intention.
He must fling himself to the ground, and let quagga and saddle go.
- 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
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.