[ ket-sahl-koh-aht-l ]
/ kɛtˌsɑl koʊˈɑt l /
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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
Words nearby Quetzalcoatl
question time, questor, quetsch, Quetta, quetzal, Quetzalcoatl, Quetzaltenango, queue, queued, queue fourché, queue-jump
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How to use Quetzalcoatl in a sentence
Then they went there together, Quetzalcoatl metamorphosing himself into a 'black ant.'
During the Olmec period, that is, the earliest period of Nahua power, the great Quetzalcoatl appeared.
On the ruins of the pyramid was built a temple to Quetzalcoatl, who was afterwards worshiped as a god.
Mendieta adds that by another wife the same old man had a son named Quetzalcoatl.
Everything presaged a revolution, and the foes of Quetzalcoatl were cheered with hopes of approaching triumph.
British Dictionary definitions for Quetzalcoatl
/ (ˌkɛtsəlkəʊˈætəl) /
a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for 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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.