resplendent quetzal

See under quetzal ( def 1 ). Unabridged


noun, plural quetzals, quetzales [ket-sah-leys] .
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.
a paper money and monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos. Abbreviation: Q.
Also, quezal [ke-sahl] .

1820–30; < American Spanish < Nahuatl quetzalli plumage of the quetzal bird Unabridged
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quetzal or quezal (ˈkɛtsəl, kɛˈsɑːl)
n , pl -zals, -zales
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
[via American Spanish from Nahuatl quetzalli brightly coloured tail feather]
quezal or quezal (ˈkɛtsəl, kɛˈsɑːl, -ˈsɑːlɛs)
[via American Spanish from Nahuatl quetzalli brightly coloured tail feather]

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