Quagga definition

kwăgə, kwŏgə
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A southern African subspecies of zebra, Equus quagga quagga, which went extinct in 1883, and the upper parts of which were reddish brown, becoming paler behind and beneath, while the face, neck, and fore part of the body were marked by dark stripes.
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An equid (Equus quagga subsp. quagga) of southern Africa, extinct since the late 1800s. It was brownish with stripes only on the head, neck, and front of the body.
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An extinct zebra (Equus quagga) of South Africa.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of quagga - quagha

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quagga
Plural:
quaggas

Origin of quagga

  • Earlier Afrikaans (now spelled kwagga) from Khoikhoi !ua-xa perhaps imitative of its braying

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch quagga (whence also Afrikaans kwagga), from a Khoisan term, probably Haiǁom/Nama ǁkoaah, apparently of imitative origin.

    From Wiktionary