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[ket-sahl-koh-aht-l] /kɛtˌsɑl koʊˈɑt l/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the most unique of all the gods of Mexico was Quetzalcoatl.

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

  • The five days and five sacred banners again bring to mind the close relation of this with the Quetzalcoatl symbolism.

    American Hero-Myths Daniel G. Brinton
  • 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
  • The fable of Quetzalcoatl contains contradictions, the younger elements of which are a pure idealism of the more ancient.

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

    The Stories of El Dorado Frona Eunice Wait
  • Quetzalcoatl disappeared in Goatzacoalco, the Snake-corner (or nook), and a ship of snakes brought him to Tlapalla.

  • And then she is the mother of Quetzalcoatl, the god and hero of the early Nahuatl.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • "This was before the coming of Quetzalcoatl and is of the remote past," said Montezuma, with a frown.

    The Stories of El Dorado Frona Eunice Wait
  • The period for the return of Quetzalcoatl was now near at hand.

    Alamo Ranch Sarah Warner Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Quetzalcoatl


a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Quetzalcoatl

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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