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[koos-koh; Spanish koos-kaw] /ˈkus koʊ; Spanish ˈkus kɔ/
a city in S Peru: ancient Inca ruins.
Also, Cusco. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In a soliloquy he declares himself the implacable enemy of Cuzco and the Inca.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • Sayac means a station or division, Anta is a small town near Cuzco.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • Distant view of the city of Cuzco and of the Sacsahuaman hill, crowned by the fortress.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • Besides all this, he had an infinite quantity of silver and gold unwrought in Cuzco.'

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • He was taken prisoner to Cuzco and held in captivity for a while.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Her people are backward, and, at least in Cuzco and Arequipa, I should say the dirtiest in the world.

  • As soon as he had collected the needful troops, he marched towards Cuzco.

  • At the other is found Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Valley of Cuzco, the central region of Peru, was the cradle of their civilisation.

  • If this is so, "el Cuzco" has the significance of "the Navel" (of the World).

British Dictionary definitions for Cuzco


/Spanish ˈkusko/
a city in S central Peru: former capital of the Inca Empire, with extensive Inca remains; university (1692). Pop: 307 000 (2005 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cuzco

city in Peru, former capital of the Inca Empire, from Quechua (Inca), literally "navel," in a figurative meaning "center" (of the world, as the navel is the center of the body). Other places known as "navel of the world" include Delphi, Jerusalem, Rome, Easter Island, and Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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