Adjective "quetzal" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A bird of the trogon family, with iridescent green plumage and typically red underparts, found in the forests of tropical America.
  1. 'A quetzal sits upon a branch, yet this species of trogon is not found outside the Mexican and Central American cloud forests.'
  2. 'The museum pipes in the sound of howler monkeys, quetzals, and parrots.'
  3. 'Experienced guides can help you spot the resplendent quetzal, emerald toucan, green sea turtle, and howler monkey.'
  4. 'Guatemala's national symbol of independence and pride is the quetzal, a brilliantly colored tropical bird native to Central America.'
  5. 'On the center band is a coat of arms with a green-and-red quetzal, the national bird.'
  6. 'The deal will also fund programs in the zone containing the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, home to quetzal birds, manatees, and hundreds of other animal species.'
  7. 'Together with biologist Robin Bjork, Powell pioneered the use of radiotelemetry to discover the seasonal movement patterns of the resplendent quetzal, and he was able to adapt the device to the macaws.'
  8. 'Also, despite the lack of standardized color illustrations, collectors of the books on families of birds will enjoy this book as well, because the trogons and quetzals are an inherently interesting group.'
  9. 'Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.'
  10. 'This cloud forest is home to the elusive tapir and jaguar, as well as one of nature's most beautiful birds, the resplendent quetzal.'
The basic monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.
  1. 'Photo booths are open from 6am in the morning onwards, and Experts on ‘how to fill out your visa form’ hover, ready to offer invaluable advice in exchange for a quetzal, a cigarette, a smile.'
  2. 'He offered the teachers a 100 quetzal monthly bonus - a fraction of the teachers' demand for a doubling of their current wages.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. a paper money and monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.Abbreviation:Q.

More examples(as adjective)

"feathers can be quetzal."


Early 19th century (in quetzal (sense 1)): from Spanish, from Aztec quetzalli ‘brightly coloured tail feather’.