Meaning of quagga in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkwaɡə/


  • 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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Like the quagga, the marsupial wolf is recently extinct.’
    • ‘The first DNA to be extracted from an ancient specimen was from 150-year-old tissues from the quagga, an extinct relative of the zebra.’
    • ‘For quaggas, like in all zebras, there was always a daily ritual in hygiene.’
    • ‘The quaggas looked like a zebra in the front half of its body and at the back like a horse, in other words, it had zebra stripes on the neck and shoulders and pale, brown hindquarters.’
    • ‘The South African museum staff feels confident that they can ‘resurrect’ the quagga by back-crossing plains zebra specimens most resembling it.’
    • ‘As summer rains began to fall, black wildebeest, perhaps a million of them, would trek south from winter pastures in the northeast, joined at times by springbok, blesbok and quagga.’
    • ‘Most of the species that remain - notably, all five living species of rhinoceros - are in danger of extinction; others, like the quagga, have already been driven to extinction.’
    • ‘We have wiped out more species than I can name, from the dodo to the moa to the quagga to the thylacine.’
    • ‘Well - the quagga was a subspecies of zebra, so you're not wrong.’
    • ‘In all seriousness, does it really matter that dodos, quaggas and others are no more?’
    • ‘There used to be another called the ‘quagga’, but mankind hunted poor quagga down and the last of the species was killed in the 1880's so that someone could have a striped hide on their living room floor.’


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