Variant of quetzal
- a crested trogon bird (Pharomachrus mocinno) of Central America, usually brilliant green above and red below, with long, streaming tail feathers in the male
- pl. quetzales the basic monetary unit of Guatemala
Origin: AmSp from Nahuatl quetzaltototl from quetzalli, tail feather plush tototls, bird
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