Definition of quetzal
quetzalesplay \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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The items cost less than one quetzal (about 14 cents) each, and even more people stopped wearing traditional clothing.
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Origin and Etymology of quetzal
American Spanish, from Nahuatl quetzalli tail coverts of the quetzal
First Known Use: 1800See Words from the same year
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