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 (kwŏd-rē′gə -rī′-)
n. pl. quad·ri·gae (-gē)
A two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast.

[Latin quadrīga, sing. of quadrīgae, team of four horses, contraction of quadriiugae, feminine pl. of quadriiugus, of a team of four : quadri-, quadri- + iugum, yoke; see jugum.]
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n, pl -gas or -gae (-dʒiː)
(Historical Terms) (in the classical world) a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses abreast
[C18: from Latin, from earlier quadrijugae a team of four, from quadri- + jugum yoke]
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(kwɒˈdri gə, -ˈdraɪ-)

n., pl. quad•ri•gae (kwɒˈdri gaɪ, -ˈdraɪ dʒi)
a chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast.
[1720–30; < Latin quadrīga, earlier quadrīgae, contraction of quadrijugae a team of four]
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Among these pieces, we find L'Orage (The Storm), 1947-48, and L'Ouragane (The Hurricane), 1948-49, together with a kind of hulking Adam and Eve; Diabolo and Le Diabolo, both 1950, and Le Griffu (Man with Claws), 1952, all three nightmarish versions of the cup-and-ball game; La Tauromachie, 1953, an incinerated, striding Egyptian figure juxtaposed with a horned bull's skull, reminiscent of Picasso's wartime still lifes; L'Eau (Water), 1953-54, a seated female figure whose body is a massive meridional amphora; and Le Cheval a six tetes, grand (The Six-Headed Horse, Large Version), 1954-56, a paraphrase of the many quadrigae found throughout tourist-snapshot Paris, such as those atop the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel or the Grand Palais.
(6) Most typically, four-horse chariots, quadrigae, and two-horse chariots, bigae, would compete on a closed racecourse, although other equestrian contests and sometimes athletic, gladiatorial, and dramatic events could be staged in a circus as well.