quipu

[ kee-poo, kwip-oo ]
/ ˈki pu, ˈkwɪp u /
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noun

a device consisting of a cord with knotted strings of various colors attached, used by the ancient Peruvians for recording events, keeping accounts, etc.

Nearby words

  1. quinua,
  2. quinzane,
  3. quinze,
  4. quip,
  5. quipster,
  6. quipus,
  7. quire,
  8. quirinal,
  9. quirinus,
  10. quirites

Origin of quipu

1695–1705; < Spanish < Quechua khipu

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British Dictionary definitions for quipu

quipu

quippu

/ (ˈkiːpuː, ˈkwɪpuː) /

noun

a device of the Incas of Peru used to record information, consisting of an arrangement of variously coloured and knotted cords attached to a base cord

Word Origin for quipu

C17: from Spanish quipo, from Quechua quipu, literally: knot

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Word Origin and History for quipu

quipu

n.

ancient Inca recording device using knotted cords, 1704, from Quechua quipu "knot."

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