Definition of quagga
: an extinct mammal (Equus quagga) of southern Africa that resembled and was related to the zebras
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In 1984, geneticists recovered 229 base pairs of genetic code from a quagga, a subspecies of zebra extinct since the late 1800s.
Past attempts to bring a species back from extinction through selective breeding for a specific appearance include the quagga and the auroch.
In 2007, the quagga was detected in the Colorado River, apparently after hitching a ride on the bottom of a boat or a piece of equipment that was used in Lake Mead.
But none, Egan writes, have been more destructive than the innocuous-seeming zebra and quagga mussels.
Legislators heeded concerns about the aircraft bringing invasive species — specifically the zebra and quagga mussels, which have ravaged the nation’s lakes — and making Colorado’s already overcrowded lakes and reservoirs unsafe.
Zebra and quagga mussels have been migrating to water ways across North America since their accidental introduction to the Great Lakes decades ago.
All that remains today are five photographs, taken between 1851 and 1872, and 23 stuffed quagga skins.
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Origin and Etymology of quagga
obsolete Afrikaans (now kwagga), from Khoikhoi quácha
First Known Use: 1785See Words from the same year
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