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n. pl. quet·zals or quet·za·les (-sä′lās)
1. 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.
2. See Table at currency.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl quetzalli, large brilliant tail feather.]


(ˈkɛtsəl) or


n, pl -zals or -zales (-ˈsɑːlɛs)
1. (Animals) 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. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Guatemala, divided into 100 centavos
[via American Spanish from Nahuatl quetzalli brightly coloured tail feather]



also que•zal


n., pl. -zals, -za•les (-ˈsɑ leɪs)
1. any of several large New World trogons of the genus Pharomachrus, esp. P. mocinno, of S Mexico and Central America, with golden-green and scarlet plumage and, in the male, greatly elongated tail coverts.
2. the basic monetary unit of Guatemala.
[1820–30; < American Spanish < Nahuatl quetzalli plumage of the quetzal]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quetzal - the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
centavo - a fractional monetary unit of several countries: El Salvador and Sao Tome and Principe and Brazil and Argentina and Bolivia and Colombia and Cuba and the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras and Mexico and Nicaragua and Peru and the Philippines and Portugal
Guatemalan monetary unit - monetary unit in Guatemala
2.quetzal - large trogon of Central America and South America having golden-green and scarlet plumagequetzal - large trogon of Central America and South America having golden-green and scarlet plumage
trogon - forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and long tails
genus Pharomacrus, Pharomacrus - a genus of Trogonidae
Pharomacrus mocino, resplendent quetzel, resplendent trogon - very rare Central American bird; the national bird of Guatemala
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