quag·​ga | \ ˈkwa-gə How to pronounce quagga (audio) , ˈkwä- How to pronounce quagga (audio) \
plural quaggas

Definition of quagga

1 : an extinct zebra (Equus quagga quagga) of southern Africa that had brown and white stripes chiefly on the head and neck, reddish-brown to brown upper parts, and whitish belly, tail, and legs The last living quagga died at the Amsterdam Zoo in 1883 …— Donald G. McNeil Jr. The quagga, a subspecies of zebra, was once common in South Africa, but European settlers hunted them to the extreme for the meat and fur.— Elana Glowatz
2 : quagga mussel Native to Ukraine, the quagga now infests the [Great] lakes in even greater numbers than its invasive-species cousin the zebra mussel.— Bill McGraw

Examples of quagga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web None has yet demonstrated the ability to kill quagga mussels. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Invasive nonnative mollusks in Utah, such as New Zealand mudsnail or quagga mussel, hitched rides on fishing gear and boats, but the boreal top snail would have no such opportunity. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 Today in Lake Michigan, quagga mussels, Eastern European invaders generally smaller than a stamp, reign over an upended underwater ecosystem. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The Rocky Mountains provided the Western United States ample protection from the mollusk until 2007, when the first quagga was discovered in Lake Mead, downstream on the Colorado River from Lake Powell. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Larry Toal had heard the National Museum of Ireland owned a stuffed quagga. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Utah law prohibits the transport of quagga mussels — dead or alive — through the state. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Settele is learning to make a living despite the quagga infestation by focusing his business on brown and lake trout — two species that keep the clients rolling in. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Three years after quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Michigan, zebra mussels still made up more than 98% of the lake's invasive mussel population. Dan Egan, jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of quagga

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quagga

obsolete Afrikaans (now kwagga), from Khoikhoi quácha

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“Quagga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quagga. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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