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 (kwăg′ə, kwŏg′ə)
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.

[Earlier Afrikaans (now spelled kwagga), from Khoikhoi !ua-xa, perhaps imitative of its braying.]


n, pl -gas or -ga
(Animals) 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
[C18: from obsolete Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi qǔagga; compare Xhosa i-qwara something striped]


(ˈkwæg ə, ˈkwɒg ə)

an extinct equine mammal, Equus quagga, of S Africa, related to and resembling the zebra, but striped only on the forepart of the body and the head.
[1775–85; < Afrikaans]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quagga - mammal of South Africa that resembled a zebraquagga - mammal of South Africa that resembled a zebra; extinct since late 19th century
Equus, genus Equus - type genus of the Equidae: only surviving genus of the family Equidae
equid, equine - hoofed mammals having slender legs and a flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck
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Since 2001, the chlorophyll has been nibbled away on the edges, right where the quaggas are," said Kerfoot.
Gourlay, who emigrated to Durban from Glasgow as a kid, made headlines following the match between the British Lions and the Quaggas back in 1974.
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Work is also continuing on the development of Redaurum's alluvial diamond mines at Quaggas Kop and Avontuur in South Africa.
Mills notes that Cornell geneticists have also just confirmed the presence of quaggas among zebra-like mussels collected in the Black Sea by colleagues in the former Soviet Union.
In early August, Metropolitan also discovered quaggas in small concentrations at Lake Skinner.
The taxidermist's studies of the world's remaining stuffed quaggas had convinced him the beast was not a separate species to the zebra but a sub-species, meaning selective breeding could, with luck, bring the extinct animal back to life.
Metropolitan scheduled the 10-day aqueduct shutdown--which begins Friday, July 20--after inspections late last month indicated that quaggas had spread further into the water system and grew in greater densities.
Most of the diamonds are similar in type to those mined by Redaurum at Quaggas Kop, six kilometres upstream, but a second distinct population of diamonds of a generally higher quality is becoming evident among the stones recovered on Rooiberg.
At Redaurum's other South African alluvial diamond mine, Quaggas Kop, bulk sampling on the neighbouring exploration property, Rooiberg, was underway.