quetzalitztli

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From quetzalli (quetzal feather) +‎ ītztli (obsidian).

Noun[edit]

quetzalītztli

  1. Emerald-green jade.
    • 16C: Bernardino de Sahagún, "Florentine Codex", book 1
      vel qujciiavj vel qujhiiouja, ynic qujtemoa in chalchiujtl, in quetzalitztli
      (Greatly were they wearied, much did they suffer to seek out the precious green stones, emerald-green jade)
    • c1609: Tezozomoc, Chimalpahin, Cronica mexicayotl, f. 24r.
      yn chalchihuitl. yn coztic teocuitlatl. yn quetzalli. yn quetzalitztli. yn tapachtli. yn tlapaltehuilotl. yn tlaçotlaquẽtli.
      (of precious green stones, of gold, of quetzal feathers, of emerald-green jade, of spondylus shells, of amethysts, of costly clothing.)

References[edit]

  • Campbell, R. Joe (1997), "Florentine Codex Vocabulary",
  • 1997, Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin, Domingo Francisco de San Antón Muñón, Codex Chimalpahin, ed. and trans. by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Susan Schroeder, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, page pp. 74–75:
  • 1981, Sahagún, Bernardino de, Florentine Codex: Book 1 - The Gods, ed. and trans. by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble, edition 2nd ed., rev., Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, page p. 42: