Definition of quetzal
plural quetzals or quet·za·les play \-ˈsä-(ˌ)lās, -ˈsa-\
1 : a Central American trogon (Pharomachrus mocinno) that has brilliant green plumage above, a red breast, and in the male long upper tail coverts
2 plural quetzales — see money table
Origin of quetzal
American Spanish, from Nahuatl quetzalli tail coverts of the quetzal
First Known Use: 1827
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Spanish Central: Translation of "quetzal"
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