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quagga

[ kwag-uh, kwog-uh ]
/ ˈkwæg ə, ˈkwɒg ə /
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noun
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for quagga

quagga
/ (ˈkwæɡə) /

noun plural -gas or -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 for quagga

C18: from obsolete Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi qǔagga; compare Xhosa i-qwara something striped
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