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quipu

[kee-poo, kwip-oo] /ˈki pu, ˈkwɪp u/
noun
1.
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
1695-1705; < Spanish < Quechua khipu
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quipu

/ˈkiːpuː; ˈkwɪpuː/
noun
1.
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
C17: from Spanish quipo, from Quechua quipu, literally: knot
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quipu

n.

ancient Inca recording device using knotted cords, 1704, from Quechua quipu "knot."

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