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Meaning of quetzal

quet•zal

Pronunciation: (ket-säl'), [key]
— pl. -zals, -za•les
  1. any of several large Central and South American trogons of the genus Pharomachrus, having golden-green and scarlet plumage, esp. P. mocinothe national bird of Guatemala: rare and possibly endangered.
  2. a paper money and monetary unit of Guatemala, equal to 100 centavos. Abbr.: Q. &hasp;
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