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khi·puor qui·pu (kē′po͞o)
n. pl. khipu or khi·pus or quipu or qui·pus
A record-keeping device of the Inca Empire consisting of a series of variously colored strings attached to a base rope and knotted so as to encode information, used especially for accounting purposes.
[Quechua khipu, knot.]
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