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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

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From quetza (to raise, lift, stand) +‎ -lli.



  1. A quetzal feather.
    • 16C: Bernardino de Sahagún, "Florentine Codex", book 1
      in nepapan ihujtl, in quetzalli, in tzinjtzcan, in tlauhquechol, xiuhtototl, in toztli, çaqua: quauhtli
      (all manner of feathers: the long tail feathers of the resplendent trogon, its red breast feathers, those of the roseate spoonbill, the lovely cotinga, the yellow headed parrot the troupial, the eagle)
    • 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.)
  2. Something precious.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Andrews, J. Richard (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, rev. ed. edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, page 248
  • Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin, Domingo Francisco de San Antón Muñón (1997) Codex Chimalpahin, ed. and trans. by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Susan Schroeder, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pages 74–75
  • Karttunen, Frances (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, Austin: University of Texas Press, page 210
  • Olmos, Andrés de (1875) Grammaire de la langue nahuatl ou mexicaine, ed. by Rémi Siméon, Paris: Imprimerie nationale, page 231
  • Sahagún, Bernardino de (1981) Florentine Codex: Book 1 - The Gods, ed. and trans. by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble, 2nd ed., rev. edition, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, page 42