from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A zebralike mammal (Equus quagga) of southern Africa, extinct since the late 19th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A southern African subspecies of zebra, Equus quagga quagga, extinct since 1883. The upper parts are reddish brown, becoming paler behind and beneath, with dark stripes on the face, neck, and fore part of the body. Taxonomic name: Equus quagga.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South African wild ass (Equus quagga syn. Hippotigris quagga). The upper parts are reddish brown, becoming paler behind and behind and beneath, with dark stripes on the face, neck, and fore part of the body. The species became extinct in the late 1800's, largely due to excessive hunting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An African solidungulate quadruped of the horse family, Equus or Hippotigris quagga, related to the ass and zebra, but not fully striped like the latter, not being banded on the hind quarters and legs.
  • n. Burchell's zebra, Equus or Hippotigris burchelli, closely related to the above, but striped throughout like the zebra: more fully called bonte-quagga. See cut under dauw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mammal of South Africa that resembled a zebra; extinct since late 19th century


Afrikaans, from Xhosa (i-)qwaxa, something striped, perhaps from Khoikhoin !ua-xa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch quagga ( > Afrikaans kwagga), probably from Haiǁom/Nama ǁkoaah, apparently of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)


  • The quagga was a horselike animal native to southern Africa that went extinct in 1883.


  • An old joke among the Dutch, the first Europeans to settle in South Africa, was that the quagga was a zebra that had forgotten its pajama pants.


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