Definition of quagga in English:



  • An extinct South African zebra that had a yellowish-brown coat with darker stripes, exterminated in 1883.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In all seriousness, does it really matter that dodos, quaggas and others are no more?’
    • ‘For quaggas, like in all zebras, there was always a daily ritual in hygiene.’
    • ‘As an extinct animal, the quagga is well qualified to act as a tour guide for a paleontological museum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have wiped out more species than I can name, from the dodo to the moa to the quagga to the thylacine.’
    • ‘Like the quagga, the marsupial wolf is recently extinct.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well - the quagga was a subspecies of zebra, so you're not wrong.’
    • ‘The South African museum staff feels confident that they can ‘resurrect’ the quagga by back-crossing plains zebra specimens most resembling it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Afrikaans, probably from Khoikhoi, imitative of its braying.