the feathered serpent god of the Aztec and Toltec cultures.

< Spanish Quetzalcóatl < Nahuatl Quetzalcōātl, equivalent to quetzal(li) (see quetzal) + cōātl snake

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Quetzalcoatl (ˌkɛtsəlkəʊˈætəl)
a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent

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plumed serpent god of the Toltecs and Aztecs, 1578, from Nahuatl quetzalli "tailfeather" + coatl "snake."
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Quetzalcoatl [(ket-sahl-koh-aht-l)]

An ancient nature god and legendary ruler of the Toltec people of Mexico, usually represented as a plumed serpent.

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