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English

From Spanish quetzal, from Classical Nahuatl quetzalli (brightly colored tail feather, quetzal feather), from quetza (to raise, lift); see also Classical Nahuatl quetzaltōtōtl (quetzal bird).

Spanish

From Classical Nahuatl quetzalli (quetzal feather), the term for the quetzal bird proper was quetzaltōtōtl.