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 The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and state Department of Agriculture have been using DNA testing to monitor sewer systems for zebra mussels and the similarly invasive quagga mussel. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Like the invasive zebra mussels that have proliferated in many Texas lakes in recent times, quagga mussels are native to Eastern Europe. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 Ever since the recovery of two short DNA sequences from a recently extinct zebra subspecies known as the quagga in 1984, researchers have been working to get ever larger amounts of DNA from ever older remains. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 As a girl, the last bright moment in Margery Benson’s life was the afternoon her gentle father introduced her to a book of amazing creatures — the Loch Ness Monster, the South African quagga, the golden beetle of New Caledonia. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Crichton speculated about recovering far older DNA than the quagga’s by looking in the guts of bloodsucking insects preserved in amber that had formed millions of years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs. The Economist, 4 July 2020

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Quagga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quagga. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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