quipu

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noun qui·pu \ˈkē-(ˌ)pü\

Definition of quipu

  1. :  a device made of a main cord with smaller varicolored cords attached and knotted and used by the ancient Peruvians (as for calculating)

Origin and Etymology of quipu

Spanish quipo, from Quechua khipu


First Known Use: 1704


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