noun (plural same or Chimus)
1A member of an indigenous people of Peru that developed the most important civilization before the Incas.
- Pachakuti's son Topa defeated the Chimu in ad 1463, thereby removing the last serious obstacle to Inca dominance of the Andes.
- The ahipa was also depicted on the embroidered cloaks, knitted textiles, and imaginatively sculpted and painted ceramics produced by such thriving pre-Columbian societies as the Nazca, the Moche, and the Chimu.
- The Chimus left the most beautiful pre-Inca piece of architecture: the City of Chan-Chan.
Relating to the Chimu or their language.
- The Chimu capital, Chanchan, was a meticulously laid out 14-square-mile city with 40-foot clay walls featuring intricate, repeated patterns of birds, fish, and geometrical shapes.
- In early Peru, the Incas, the Mochica and the Chimu peoples - among others - occupied territories that were largely steep mountains and desert, both unsuited for the wheel.
- Surmounting the stepped installation furniture in this section was a Pre-Columbian mummified male body from the Chimu culture of Peru.
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