• WordNet 3.6
    • n quagga mammal of South Africa that resembled a zebra; extinct since late 19th century
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quagga (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quagga 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. The ears are short, the head is comparatively small, the tail is tufted, and the color is a dark brown on the head, neck, and shoulders, the back and hind quarters being of a lighter brown, the croup of a russet-gray, and the under parts of the body white. It will breed with the horse, and a mixed race of this kind existed in England some years ago. By the natives the flesh is esteemed palatable.
    • n quagga 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quagga kwag′a one of the three species of striped wild horses, or more properly wild asses, peculiar to Africa, of which the zebra is the type.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Their color is bay, marked more or less like the quagga in a darker tint.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The quagga resembled a wild ass with a few zebra stripes around its neck, and no stripes elsewhere.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Quaggas and huemuls used to be found, but are now extinct.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
This family consists of the true horses and the asses, which latter also include the zebra and quagga.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Even the quagga is so banded upon the head and upper parts of its body.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
The older quaggas also seemed to keep their youngsters in excellent order.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was not a quagga, but a horse!
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The quagga is made useful by the settlers near the Cape of Good Hope, and is taught to draw and to carry burdens.
"Harper's Young People, August 31, 1880" by Various
On they came, quaggas, koodoos, springbok, hartebeest, the shouting and spearing becoming wilder.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
His feet lift him from point to point, swift as the swiftest quagga in the forest.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley

In news:

Quagga Mussels on a marina support structure.
Two boats with quagga mussels intercepted by Lake Tahoe inspectors.
Lake Tahoe inspectors intercepted two boats carrying the invasive quagga mussels last week, according to a Tahoe Resource Conservation press release.
Quagga, zebra mussels found on vessel.
Those who plan to take their boat to the lake must have it inspected for quagga mussels.
But officials at Lake Powell aren't sure yet whether the quagga mussels have become established there.
The destructive quagga mussel is on the loose and may be spreading to a lake near you.
Quagga mussels sit at the Bureau of Reclamation's laboratory in Lakewood.
Researchers are investigating ways to stop the spread of quagga and zebra mussels.
Marinas Now Staffed With Quagga Mussel Inspectors.
Quaggas, zebras and plantar fasciitis.
Lake Erie's zebra and quagga mussel plague has gone nationwide.
Inspections and Education Are Crucial in Quagga and Zebra Mussel Eradication.
Inspections have turned up no zebra and quagga mussels on Colorado boats this year.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Failing to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from clogging northern Idaho waterways could end up costing the state $100 million, officials in northern Idaho say.