Quetzalcoatl

[ ket-sahl-koh-aht-l ]
/ kɛtˌsɑl koʊˈɑt l /

noun

the feathered serpent god of the Aztec and Toltec cultures.

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Origin of Quetzalcoatl

< Spanish Quetzalcóatl < Nahuatl Quetzalcōātl, equivalent to quetzal(li) (see quetzal) + cōātl snake
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British Dictionary definitions for quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl
/ (ˌkɛtsəlkəʊˈætəl) /

noun

a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent
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Cultural definitions for quetzalcoatl

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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