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Variant of khipu.
[American Spanish, from Quechua khipu, knot.]
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quipu(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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qui•pu(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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|Noun||1.||quipu - calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records|
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