From Spanish quetzal, from Classical Nahuatl quetzalli (“brightly colored tail feather, quetzal feather”), from quetza (“to raise, lift”). The Classical Nahuatl term for the quetzal bird proper was quetzaltōtōtl.
quetzal (plural quetzals)
- A trogon of the genus Pharomacrus, especially the resplendent quetzal Pharomacrus mocinno, with very long tail feathers, found in Guatemala and Costa Rica.
- A monetary unit used in Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.
quetzal m (plural quetzales)