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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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  • It would have taken a springbok to have leaped out of it; and no quagga could possibly have cleared itself from such a pit.

    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
  • He was curious moreover, to find out whether his own quagga was quite equal to any of its old companions.

  • No; the big, solid-hoofed antelope that eats like nylghau or quagga.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • Their colour is bay, marked more or less like the quagga in a darker tint.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • Hendrik's eye was upon him; and in a moment the quagga was turned upon his track.

  • The quagga and striped quagga, as you may see, have the ears of a horse, while the zebra has those of the ass.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Was he jealous about his quagga's speed, and determined it should beat all the others?

  • As I spoke the quagga turned his head and very nearly caught him by the arm.

    Adventures in Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • quagga trembled like an aspen, and did not dare lift his eyes from the book.

    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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