[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for quetzalcoatl


/ (ˌkɛtsəlkəʊˈætəl) /


a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent
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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."

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Culture 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.

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