quipus

quipu

[kee-poo, kwip-oo]
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.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Spanish < Quechua khipu

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quipu or quippu (ˈkiːpuː, ˈkwɪpuː, ˈkiːpuː, ˈkwɪpuː)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Spanish quipo, from Quechua quipu, literally: knot]
 
quippu or quippu
 
n
 
[C17: from Spanish quipo, from Quechua quipu, literally: knot]

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