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Variant of khipu.

[American Spanish, from Quechua khipu, knot.]


(ˈkiːpuː; ˈkwɪpuː) or


(Historical Terms) 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]


(ˈki pu, ˈkwɪp u)

n., pl. -pus.
a device consisting of a cord with knotted strings of various colors attached, used by the ancient Peruvians for recording events, keeping accounts, etc.
[1695–1705; < Sp < Quechua khipu]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quipu - calculator consisting of a cord with attached cordsquipu - calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records
calculating machine, calculator - a small machine that is used for mathematical calculations
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Forced to leave Chile in the early 1970s during the coup, she now divides her time between New York City and Santiago and maintains a deep connection to the indigenous culture of the Andes, and has adapted the ancient Incan form of communication called quipu that uses knots in wool strings as an aid to memory.
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In fact, the Tawantinsuyu looked like a big quipu, in the way it was organized both geographically and socially (Zuidema 1982).
These objects are dense with cross-temporal references that span the globe: Brassai's "Sculptures Involontaires," Eva Hesse's process pieces, Native American basketry, the knotted-cord communication system of Incan quipu.
A quipu (the knot system used in Andean civilizations to record information) found on the site testifies to the development and complexity of Caral society.
Likewise, studying the quipu (system of strings and knots used to represent quantities) and the complex tax system can bring to life accomplishments by the Incas during the 15th and 16th centuries in South America.
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In their book Mathematics of the Incas: Code of the Quipu (Dover Publications, 1981), the Aschers concluded that in addition to arithmetic, the numbers on the khipu stood for nonquantitative information that could include labels for names of people or places.
The researchers--and many scholars pondering their report--believe the colorful knotted quipu strings found at a 13th century archaeological site near Lima, Peru, formed an early abacus system the Incas used to track the units of labor and time upon which taxes were based.