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quetzal

[ket-sahl] /kɛtˈsɑl/
noun, plural quetzals, quetzales
[ket-sah-leys] /kɛtˈsɑ leɪs/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of several large Central and South American trogons of the genus Pharomachrus, having golden-green and scarlet plumage, especially P. mocino (resplendent quetzal) the national bird of Guatemala: rare and possibly endangered.
2.
a paper money and monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.
Abbreviation: Q.
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[ke-sahl] /kɛˈsɑl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < American Spanish < Nahuatl quetzalli plumage of the quetzal bird
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  • Seven are globally threatened, including resplendent quetzal and golden-cheeked warbler.
British Dictionary definitions for quetzal

quetzal

/ˈkɛtsəl/
noun (pl) -zals, -zales (-ˈsɑːlɛs)
1.
Also called resplendent trogon. a crested bird, Pharomachrus mocinno, of Central and N South America, which has a brilliant green, red, and white plumage and, in the male, long tail feathers: family Trogonidae, order Trogoniformes (trogons)
2.
the standard monetary unit of Guatemala, divided into 100 centavos
Word Origin
via American Spanish from Nahuatl quetzalli brightly coloured tail feather
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Word Origin and History for quetzal
n.

central American bird with brilliant plumage, 1827, from Spanish quetzal, from Aztec quetzalli the bird name, literally "tail-feather."

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