Quetzal meaning

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Quetzal is defined as a brightly-colored, crested bird found in Central America and Mexico.

An example of a quetzal is a bright red and green bird living in western Mexico.

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The definition of a quetzal is the basic form of money in Guatemala.

An example of a quetzal is what someone traveling in Guatemala would use to buy food on the street.

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The currency unit of Guatemala, comprised of 100 centavos.
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A trogon of the genus Pharomacrus, especially the resplendent quetzal Pharomacrus mocinno, with very long tail feathers, found in Guatemala and Costa Rica.
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A monetary unit used in Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.
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Any of several tropical American birds of the genera Pharomachrus and Euptilotis having brilliant bronze-green and red plumage and, in the male, long flowing tail feathers, especially P. mocinno of Central America.
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A crested trogon bird (Pharomachrus mocinno) of Central America, usually brilliant green above and red below, with long, streaming tail feathers in the male.
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The basic monetary unit of Guatemala.
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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.

    From Wiktionary