- any of several large Central and South American trogons of the genus Pharomachrus, having golden-green and scarlet plumage, especially P. mocino (resplendent quetzal), the national bird of Guatemala: rare and possibly endangered.
- a paper money and monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos. Abbreviation: Q.
Origin of quetzal
Examples from the Web for quetzal
Historical Examples of quetzal
The lion and the tiger roared, and the first bird that sang was the Quetzal.The Stories of El Dorado
Frona Eunice Wait
Would you have me believe all this from Quetzal, show me something that is to come.
The revelation of Mualox was prophecy here confirmed,—Quetzal was coming!
If Quetzal was the pabas idol in religion, she was his idol in affection.
You have described a god; it is Quetzal, the holy, beautiful Quetzal!
- Also called: resplendent trogon a crested bird, Pharomachrus mocinno, of Central and N South America, which has a brilliant green, red, and white plumage and, in the male, long tail feathers: family Trogonidae, order Trogoniformes (trogons)
- the standard monetary unit of Guatemala, divided into 100 centavos
Word Origin for quetzal
central American bird with brilliant plumage, 1827, from Spanish quetzal, from Aztec quetzalli the bird name, literally "tail-feather."