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Variant of khipu.

[American Spanish, from Quechua khipu, knot.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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Micah wracks his brain to come up with an idea and decides to make an Incan quipu, a series of intricate knots that represent numbers, words and other information.
Cecilia Vicuna, who as a young artist in Chile was inspired by an image of Schwitters's Merzbau, continues his it's-all-material and ifs-all-connected spirit, forging her own path "between" and "among." 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.