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

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

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Besides all this, he had an infinite quantity of silver and gold unwrought in Cuzco.'

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

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

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

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Manco was "crowned" with the borla or fringe on March 24, 1534, at Cuzco.

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)
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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.

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