1. a crested trogon bird (Pharomachrus mocinno) of Central America, usually brilliant green above and red below, with long, streaming tail feathers in the male
2. Word forms: plural quetˈzales (kɛtˈsɑlɛs
; ketsäˈles) the basic monetary unit of Guatemala see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement
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Word origin of 'quetzal'AmSp < Nahuatl quetzaltototl < quetzalli, tail feather + tototls, bird