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Machu Picchu

[mah-choo peek-choo, pee-choo] /ˈmɑ tʃu ˈpik tʃu, ˈpi tʃu/
noun
1.
the site of an ancient Incan and pre-Incan city, about 7000 feet (2130 meters) above sea level in the Andes, in S central Peru.
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  • To be sure, the white granite of which the temples and palaces of Machu Picchu are constructed might easily pass for marble.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Machu Picchu is on the border-line between the temperate zone and the tropics.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • It is worth noting that the existence of Machu Picchu might easily have been concealed from the common people.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • In any case Machu Picchu fits the story far better than does Paccaritampu.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • The buildings of Machu Picchu, on the other hand, have far more windows than any other important ruin in Peru.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Certainly the requirements of Tampu-tocco are met at Machu Picchu.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Not a single representative of the robust male of the warrior type was found in the burial caves of Machu Picchu.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • In one of the unfinished structures at Machu Picchu I noticed similar bosses.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • When the worship of the sun actually ceased on the heights of Machu Picchu no one can tell.

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  • The climate of Machu Picchu is mild, consequently the use of windows was natural and agreeable.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
British Dictionary definitions for Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

/ˈmɑːtʃuː ˈpiːktʃuː/
noun
1.
a ruined Incan city in S Peru
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Word Origin and History for Machu Picchu

from Quechua (Inca) machu "old man" + pikchu "peak."

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