Definition of quipu in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkiːpuː
, ˈkwɪ-/


  • An ancient Inca device for recording information, consisting of variously coloured threads knotted in different ways.
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    • The quipus of the ancient Incas of Peru encoded a wide range of data about people, land, and crops for the government bureaucracy.
    • These runners carried oral messages, small packages, or quipus (Incan counting devices made from strings with a series of knots in them) from village to village and from the capital to all parts of the empire.
    • The Inca, who had no written language, used the quipu - a device made of a series of strings with colored knots - to record census findings and tallies of animal herds and other resources.


from Quechua khipu 'knot'.

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