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qui·pu

 (kē′po͞o)
n.
Variant of khipu.

[American Spanish, from Quechua khipu, knot.]
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quipu

(ˈkiːpuː; ˈkwɪpuː) or

quippu

n
(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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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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Se puede comenzar por los cueros o por las figuritas de barro, o tambien por los quipus utilizados en los primeros tiempos coloniales para recordar los pecados de los que uno ha de confesarse.
Edicion de la Agencia Boliviana de Informacion y Fundacion Cultural Quipus, La Paz.
O registro desse controle do patrimonio do Imperio Inca era feito atraves dos chamados quipus. Os quipus sempre representaram um dos enigmas mais emblematicos da civilizacao andina (Ostolaza, 2006).
Her massive knotted strings of crimson wool, hanging from the ceilings of EMST in Athens and Documenta Halle in Kassel, represent quipus, pre-Columbian string objects that may be the traces of a knot-based writing system.