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[kwag-uh, kwog-uh] /ˈkwæg ə, ˈkwɒg ə/
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
1775-1785
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 (pl) -gas, -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
C18: from obsolete Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi qǔagga; compare Xhosa i-qwara something striped
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Word Origin and History for quagga
quagga
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-. The last one died in an Amsterdam zoo in 1883.
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