from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Central American bird (Pharomachrus mocino) that has brilliant bronze-green and red plumage and, in the male, long flowing tail feathers.
- n. See Table at currency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A trogon of the genus Pharomacrus, especially the resplendent quetzal Pharomacrus mocinno, with very long tail feathers, found in Guatemala and Costa Rica.
- n. A monetary unit used in Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The paradise-trogon, Pharomacrus mocinno (or Calurus elegans), the most magnificent of the trogons, of a golden-green and carmine color, with long airy upper tail-coverts projecting like sprays a foot or two beyond the tail. It inhabits Central America, especially Costa Rica. See cut under trogon. Also quesal, quijal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
- n. large trogon of Central America and South America having golden-green and scarlet plumage
The feathers of the quetzal are the ones usually associated with the serpent, making the rebus,
In Dresden 16c (Pl. 24, fig. 3) and Tro-Cortesianus 94c (Pl. 24, fig. 6), the quetzal is the head-dress of women.
The feathers of the quetzal are the ones commonly used in connection with the serpent.
This is the home of the resplendent trogon, called the quetzal -- the imperial bird of the
Maya expert, Jeremy Sabloff, contends that fine items such as quetzal feathers, jade, and cacao were traded during and at the end of the Classic Period.
Travelers don't tend to hit Costa Rica for the cuisine—they want canopy zip-lining, river rafting and to spot a quetzal or two.
The spaceship is made of obsidian, jade, quetzal feathers, and volcanic tezontle stone.
The pictorial manuscript shows the scene of the battle, with representations of warriors of the Jaguar Order and various chiefs adorned with quetzal feathers.
Not once during her pregnancy has she demanded so much as a quetzal.
This region includes Guatemala, where the quetzal features prominently on national symbols and gives its name to the unit of currency.