quetzal

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noun quet·zal \ket-ˈsäl, -ˈsal\

Definition of quetzal

plural

quetzals

also

quetzales

play \ket-ˈsä-(ˌ)lās, -ˈsa-\
  1. 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. 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


First Known Use: 1800


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