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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. 2015.
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  • To the right of them, that is toward the south, extended a great well-paved road which led to the imperial capital of Cuzco.

    South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • If this is so, "el Cuzco" has the significance of "the Navel" (of the World).

  • All accounts agree in speaking of the bolson of Cuzco as well provided by nature in this respect.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Manco was "crowned" with the borla or fringe on March 24, 1534, at Cuzco.

  • Some of these he ordained were to be deposited with his body in the great temple of the Sun at Cuzco.

    Harry Escombe Harry Collingwood
  • He often raided the Spanish travellers between Cuzco and Lima.

  • He was in consequence attacked by the Inca troops, but these he repulsed with heavy losses, and then entered Cuzco in triumph.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • This myth of the founding of Cuzco by a man from the sea is not found elsewhere.

  • He was kindly received by the viceroy, and then went to Cuzco, where he lodged in his aunt's house.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • We shall be as comfortable there as in the city of Cuzco itself.

    Under the Chilian Flag Harry Collingwood
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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