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Definition of "quagga" []

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

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Use "quagga" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Much is made of whether it is a "real" quagga or not, but according to Jonathan Kingdon, in Volume 3 B of his magisterial 7- volume East African Mammals, the quagga is a mere race, conspecific with the common zebra."