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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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The quagga, though so plainly barred like a zebra over the body, is without bars on the legs; but Dr.
In Lord Moreton's famous hybrid from a chestnut mare and male quagga, the hybrid, and even the pure offspring subsequently produced from the mare by a black Arabian sire, were much more plainly barred across the legs than is even the pure quagga.
For myself, I venture confidently to look back thousands on thousands of generations, and I see an animal striped like a zebra, but perhaps otherwise very differently constructed, the common parent of our domestic horse, whether or not it be descended from one or more wild stocks, of the ass, the hemionus, quagga, and zebra.
Then I saw what had happened; we had stumbled upon a herd of sleeping quagga, on to the back of one of which Good actually had fallen, and the brute naturally enough got up and made off with him.
Zequanox molluscicide is a patented, naturally derived aquatic biopesticide that effectively controls all life stages of invasive zebra and quagga mussels.
Department of the Interior today released a report highlighting the progress made in the fight against invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which can impair the delivery of water and power, diminish boating and fishing, and devastate ecosystem health.
In addition to revealing nine different subpopulations of plains zebras, the new genetic analysis also suggested that all the members of the zebra species can trace back their lineage almost 370,000 years to a large area of wetlands of the Zambezi and Okavango basins in southern Africa, and that the extinct quagga is a "plains zebra variation.
Rapid increase and subsequent decline of zebra and quagga mussels in Long Point Bay, Lake Erie: possible influence of waterfowl predation.
In other news, Asian carp are poised to follow zebra and quagga mussels in the next of a series of biologic invasions threatening to decimate ecological balances, fisheries, and tourism.
Meanwhile, the wire I mentioned further added to the end of a fluorocarbon leader not only reduces bite-offs from toothy fish, but also protects against the sharp edges on bottoms covered with zebra and quagga mussels.
Dave Reichert (R-WA) joined Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and many others signed a letter urging Secretary Zinke to combat the spread of quagga and zebra mussels that threaten the region.
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