Definitions for quipuˈki pu, ˈkwɪp u
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qui•puˈki 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.
Origin of quipu:
1695–1705; < Sp < Quechua khipu
calculator consisting of a cord with attached cords; used by ancient Peruvians for calculating and keeping records
a recording device, used by the Incas, consisting of intricate knotted cords
Origin: Quechua khipu (via Spanish)
a contrivance employed by the ancient Peruvians, Mexicans, etc., as a substitute for writing and figures, consisting of a main cord, from which hung at certain distances smaller cords of various colors, each having a special meaning, as silver, gold, corn, soldiers. etc. Single, double, and triple knots were tied in the smaller cords, representing definite numbers. It was chiefly used for arithmetical purposes, and to register important facts and events