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Quetzalcoatl

[ket-sahl-koh-aht-l]
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noun
  1. the feathered serpent god of the Aztec and Toltec cultures.

Origin of Quetzalcoatl

< Spanish Quetzalcóatl < Nahuatl Quetzalcōātl, equivalent to quetzal(li) (see quetzal) + cōātl snake
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Examples from the Web for quetzalcoatl

Historical Examples

  • There it was that the eldest sister of Quetzalcoatl resided.

    The Maya Chronicles

    Various

  • Were they not those heralded by the long-expected Quetzalcoatl?

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Quetzalcoatl, the Mexican Deity, is said to have come from "the distant east."

  • Give me leave, and I will show you the writing from Quetzalcoatl himself.

    The Stories of El Dorado

    Frona Eunice Wait

  • It is very like that worn by Quetzalcoatl, and I would like our king, Montezuma, to see it.

    The Stories of El Dorado

    Frona Eunice Wait


British Dictionary definitions for quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl

noun
  1. a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent
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Word Origin and History for quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl

n.

plumed serpent god of the Toltecs and Aztecs, 1570s, from Nahuatl quetzalli (see quetzal) + coatl "snake."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quetzalcoatl in Culture

Quetzalcoatl

[(ket-sahl-koh-aht-l)]

An ancient nature god and legendary ruler of the Toltec people of Mexico, usually represented as a plumed serpent.

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