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quag·ga

 (kwăg′ə, kwŏg′ə)
n.
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.]

quagga

(ˈkwæɡə)
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]

quag•ga

(ˈkwæg ə, ˈkwɒg ə)

n.
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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