An example of a quetzal is a bright red and green bird living in western Mexico.
An example of a quetzal is what someone traveling in Guatemala would use to buy food on the street.
Origin of quetzal
- American Spanish from Nahuatl quetzalli large brilliant tail feather
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Spanish quetzal, from Classical Nahuatl quetzalli (“brightly colored tail feather, quetzal feather"), from quetza (“to raise, lift"). The Classical Nahuatl term for the quetzal bird proper was quetzaltōtōtl.