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


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

Origin of quipu

1695–1705; < Spanish < Quechua khipu
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/ (ˈkiːpuː, ˈkwɪpuː) /


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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