Definition of quagga in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkwagə


  • A South African zebra, extinct since 1883, that had a yellowish-brown coat with darker stripes.
    • Equus quagga, family Equidae; recent studies have shown that it was probably a variety of the common zebra
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    • The Cape Colony extended systematic protection to elephants, giraffes, hippopotami, buffalo, zebras, quaggas and antelopes in 1886.
    • Farmers began developing more land, establishing wheat production and other crops in areas which traditionally were home to Cape mountain zebra and the extinct quagga.
    • As an extinct animal, the quagga is well qualified to act as a tour guide for a paleontological museum.


South African Dutch, probably from Khoikhoi, imitative of its braying.

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