quetzal

noun quet·zal \ ket-ˈsäl , -ˈsal \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of quetzal

plural quetzals also quetzales play \ket-ˈsä-(ˌ)lās, -ˈsa-\
1 or less commonly quetzal bird : 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 usually quetzales the basic monetary unit of Guatemala — see Money Table

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Origin and Etymology of quetzal

American Spanish, from Nahuatl quetzalli tail coverts of the quetzal


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