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 (ko͞oz′kō, ko͞os′-) also Cus·co (ko͞os′-)
A city of southern Peru in the Andes east-southeast of Lima. Founded according to legend by Manco Capac around the 12th century, it became the center of the vast Inca Empire and was rebuilt by the Spanish after its plunder by Francisco Pizarro in 1533.
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(Spanish ˈkusko) or


(Placename) a city in S central Peru: former capital of the Inca Empire, with extensive Inca remains; university (1692). Pop: 307 000 (2005 est)
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or Cus•co

(ˈkus koʊ)

a city in S Peru: Inca ruins. 255,568.
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Noun1.Cuzco - a town in the Andes in southern PeruCuzco - a town in the Andes in southern Peru; formerly the capital of the Inca empire
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References in classic literature ?
He had the mysterious juruparis of the Rio Negro Indians, that women are not allowed to look at and that even youths may not see till they have been subjected to fasting and scourging, and the earthen jars of the Peruvians that have the shrill cries of birds, and flutes of human bones such as Alfonso de Ovalle heard in Chile, and the sonorous green jaspers that are found near Cuzco and give forth a note of singular sweetness.
Posteriormente, Bartolome de las Heras, obispo de Cuzco, lo invito a trabajar con el gracias al buen desempeno de sus tareas docentes y la cercania con los familiares sevillanos de Nicolas Tadeo Gomez.
POLICE in Peru have found the body of a British tourist who went missing earlier this month during a solo hike in the Andes, near Cuzco, two days before his 29th birthday.
The female calf, who has not yet been named, arrived early on December 5 to experienced parents Jenny and Cuzco.
Thus, this pilot study endeavors to take preliminary F and DF data for two communities in Peru, a boys' orphanage in Cuzco and the indigenous community of Willoq [Figure 2], which are not predicted to have a significant F nor DF based on the aforementioned model.
UK travellers to the 15th century Inca site currently have to travel via Amsterdam, Madrid or Paris to Lima, then fly on to Cuzco, the entry point for trips to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Cuzco is the Katmandu of South America, where travelers flock to experience an earlier age.
Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys