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.
/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
n.

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

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